Construction Efficiency: Balance For Personal and Professional Success
According to the Families and Work Institute, almost one-third of employees in the U.S. are overworked or overwhelmed by their jobs. 28% of respondents felt overworked often or very often, and 55% felt overworked at least sometimes. Those numbers highlight a growing problem within the American public, everyone is working too much.
85% of males and 66% of females work more than 40 hours a week. People who are self-employed pass even those statistics, averaging 60 hours or more a week. So what does that have to do with construction?
Well, if you run a construction company, you fall into the self-employed category. You’re also in an industry that’s in high demand right now, thanks to never-ending development, and a backlog of work caused by the Covid-19 shutdowns. When you combine those factors, it becomes incredibly likely that you too are suffering from being overworked.
So, what steps can you take to keep your business running smoothly, while also allowing yourself to have a better life?
1Try Before You Buy: Save Money By Renting Equipment
First, you can stop wasting time and money buying equipment and supplies you don’t need. Those are resources that could be going into other aspects of your business, or your personal life.
Instead of buying equipment and then discovering you don’t need it, consider renting it. You can rent most major construction equipment, tools, gear, and even trucks. If you require the latter, you can rent a one-ton or one-and-a-half-ton pickup truck, or fleet of flatbed trucks, to cover your needs through the duration of multiple projects.
The rentals are long-term, affordable, and handled by a company that understands the needs of a construction business. They’ll even pick the trucks up when you’re done to save you the hassle of bringing them back.
For other equipment, check out local companies near your job sites that rent out the necessary gear. That way, you aren’t stuck paying for or storing equipment you won’t use often, and you’ll still have everything you need to do the job right.
2Balancing Act: Learn To Balance Work And Home Life
When work starts demanding more hours, the first thing to be cut back on is your home life. You skip meals, come home later, leave earlier, and lose out on irreplaceable time with your friends and family. That may lead you to more professional success, but it can have a negative effect on your personal relationships and your health.
You must learn to balance your work obligations with your home obligations. Take some time to really consider what you’re missing out on, and find ways to get it back. This could mean you need to set more boundaries around your personal time.
Stop responding to work calls, texts, and emails after a set time every day. Take days off, and use them as days off. Spend more time with your loved ones, hobbies, or other passions besides your job.
This step is particularly important for women in the construction industry, as they often feel the need to work more hours or prove themselves more than their male peers.
3Stop Stretching Yourself: Start Saying No
The most important step you can take to start protecting your time is to start saying no. If you don’t have the time, energy, or resources to take on a new project or idea, politely turn it down. Taking on more work when you’re already overwhelmed will only lead to increased stress and a job poorly done.
This kind of over-scheduling also leads to burnout. Burnout is when you reach a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Burnout can cause you to give up on your job and goals, and it affects about 23% of the working population.
You may be worried that you’ll miss out on important opportunities by taking this approach, but consider this. If you say yes, and then do the job poorly, that can negatively affect the reputation of your whole business.
In construction, your work has to be safe and sound every time. If you can’t guarantee that, you have no business taking on the project.
A balanced business lets you lead a more balanced life. Having both can help you guarantee success in all areas of your life, so find a way to simplify the daily struggles of your construction business.