Why The Construction Industry Is A Toxic Place To Work
I've worked in the construction industry for most of my adult life, since I was 15 actually. And for a long time, it put money in my pocket.
I'm grateful for that.
I'm also grateful for what working in this business has taught me, and it has taught me plenty.
But it's a toxic game to operate in and everyone I speak to in the construction industry agrees with me.
Now that information isn't generally offered freely, I need to get away from the bureaucracy and the politics of the building site and have a quiet cup of coffee to reveal it.
But, when I do, both management and tradesmen I speak to say how much they are sick of the game.
It doesn't matter if you work on the design side of the fence or on the construction team, you don't escape this predominant driving force.
The construction industry is filled with people who are constantly at each other's throats.
Underlying the pseudo-atmosphere of cooperation and comradeship there is a poisonous mindset that is destructive and works counter-productively.
Sometimes I wonder how we get anything done.
Tradesmen Don't Become Wealthy
I couple years ago, just before I pulled the pin on this game the first time, I was running a small business with a 3 or 4 employees.
It was ok, I was getting by just about. But every day was a struggle.
After 15 years I had come to have my fill of working for people who wouldn't pay, guys who couldn't do their job, and a market that wanted the cheapest supplier available.
In frustration, I recorded this video.
Now that was a bit of a rant, and really I can't give blame for how I was feeling to anybody else. I made a choice to be in the construction industry and I had no choice in how it played out.
It's a dog eat dog game at every level of the business from small scale to large. So when you join it that's what you get.
Accepting that this is the way the game works can help you stay there longer than you otherwise would, but there is a danger in that.
You can become obedient to it.
You might eventually become accustomed to the nature of things and not give credence to the damage it does to your wellbeing.
Like a drop of poison taken every day, it slowly kills you.
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Nobody Escapes It
Nobody escapes the poisonous environment.
Architects, consultant engineers, contractors, they all have one fundamental motivation based in fear which can be said to be two-pronged.
1. Cover my arse.
Whatever happens, I need to make sure that I (my company) doesn't get saddled with the blame. Things will get fucked up somewhere along the road and I need to make sure to see to it I'm not in the firing line. The emphasis is, therefore, more on the paperwork than backs up the work than the work itself. Once the paperwork is passed over I'm covered.
2. Make Sure I Look Good
Everyone wants to perform, I get that. But in the construction industry how one looks good is to expose other members of the team. It's a tear you down to build me up mentality. The most cynical of those on the building site will pretend to be your friend while speaking poorly of you to others.
So what to do about all that?
Well, do what you want lads, I'm outta here for the last time.
Someone has to design and build the buildings and juice them up so off you go. It's not for me any longer.
Articles You Missed This Week.
This week, although I've continued posting here, I've focused more of my attention on the Storymaker publication on Medium.
I've a couple of reasons for this;
- Medium is a much easier platform to post an article quickly.
- It has a big reach and so my stuff can get in front of more people.
- I want to grow Storymaker's readership
None of this takes away from the site here. After all, an artist is best served online by having their own platform over which we have complete control.
That's why I built my site on WordPress. But beware, you've got to be prepared to put the work in to build your platform. WordPress is not Wix or Squarespace.
Articles This Week
From Monday I was writing every day in The Editor's Journal on Storymaker. You can catch all those articles right here.
Wednesday – Posted here on Storymaker
Friday – What Is Creativity?
Sunday – You're reading it. (+ here's this morning's article on Storymaker)
That's it for this week,
The sun is splitting the stones here in Dublin, I'm off to the beach!