It’s no doubt that construction work is hard work. When you are constantly under pressure to meet deadlines, work long hours, and appease demanding clients, it is undeniably a recipe for increased stress. Our Tallahassee construction law attorneys understand the pressures construction contractors face and encourage you to read this two-part article to learn about how you can reduce your job-related stress. In the first part, we discussed communicating, taking a break, and learning to delegate. In this last section, we will share three more strategies.
Learn to Say No
Dealing with demanding clients can be stressful, but it is essential that you learn when to draw the line. Whether it is meeting an impossible deadline or performing extra work, it’s important to know when to say no. It is also important to know when to bid or not bid on a project. Consider whether you can really profit from a project, whether you have the capability to take on a project (e.g., manpower, equipment), and if you can handle the associated risks. If these factors are not analyzed, you could be opening yourself up to stress and potential legal woes.
Declutter and Stay Organized
Although often overlooked as a cause of stress, clutter has a way of making us feel anxious and overwhelmed. Messy workplaces are a safety hazard. Effective jobsite housekeeping and organization is necessary for not only reducing stress, but also for making work more efficient and safe. When the jobsite is in disarray, it can impede productivity and lead to unnecessary accidents. Keep the site clean and organized by categorizing files, storing tools and materials properly, and removing obstructions and debris.
Some of the issues we face at the jobsite are beyond our control. People make mistakes, managers can be demanding, and clients may be hard to satisfy, but it’s imperative that you refuse to take work-related challenges personally. After all, everyone is under pressure in their own way. Admit your mistakes and be gracious when others make mistakes. It is easier said than done, but you must find a way to stop worrying about the things you have no control over. Negativity inspires no one and can lead to low morale on the jobsite. Make adjustments where you can and stay positive.
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.