Barriers to Providing Effective Training to Construction Workers Part 1
There are a lot of hazards on construction sites. Our Jacksonville construction attorneys believe that one of the fundamental ways to reduce risks such as worker accidents and fatalities is by properly training your employees. This will not only benefit the employee but your business as well. However, we know that employers sometimes face barriers when attempting to implement and enforce training. This article and part two will discuss some of the obstacles that affect employee training.
Different Generations of Workers
A construction site may be comprised of workers of all ages. Depending on the culture or generation, people communicate, process, and retain information differently. Whether fresh from high school or approaching retirement, construction managers must find creative ways to connect with their employees.
Dealing With Apathy
Apathy in the workplace can set in for a number of reasons which may include boredom or detachment. Regardless of the reason, apathy leads to decreased productivity and unsafe behavior. Take the time to identify the reason for an employee’s apathy and work on ways to change the environment and increase engagement in positive ways. This does not mean unsafe behavior should be tolerated because employees also have to take responsibility for a poor attitude.
Training Is Time-Consuming
Training employees, especially new ones, comes with a price. For example, you may notice a decrease in productivity while conducting training. Still, it’s not wise to be so focused on cost that you make a potentially fatal mistake of cutting costs in this area. The best way to control the costs of training your employees is to recruit the most skilled workers, retain them for as long as you can, and always stay a step of ahead with your training methods.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.