The top traits construction workers need

It can be intimidating looking to start a career in the construction industry. You might have no on-site experience or no idea how to use a spirit level. At Eurocell, we’re passionate about highlighting the benefits of working in the built environment and wanted to show people considering a career in construction the key traits they need to possess. We spoke with Eurocell Champion, Chris Smith of HomeBright, to find out what traits he believes are most important for people that work in construction. Here’s what he said:

1. People skills

Those that work in construction need strong people skills, especially working on domestic installations as we don’t have a site foreman to manage clients or customers for us. We will quote for projects, convert the sale, liaise with the customer and complete the installation, so good people skills are a must. We often get repeat custom and recommendations due to how well we communicate with our customers so it has made a real difference to the business.

2. Respect

Working in construction, you’re often working alongside other tradespeople and have to ensure you meet deadlines so you don’t delay other elements of the job, such as the plumbing or painting. Alongside this, you’ll have workmates, ranging from the MD of the company to apprentices, that you will need to work as a team with to finish a job. Construction work is entirely dependent on teamwork and being respectful is a crucial element of that. Treating everyone with respect will mean you’re more likely to complete a job on time and to a high standard, as well an having a more enjoyable time on site.

3. Strong work ethic

Construction is a hands-on job and can often mean working long hours to complete a project. This can be exhausting work so a good work ethic is a must. If you want an easy job, where you can get by on doing the bare minimum, then construction isn’t the job for you. Despite the hard work, often in difficult conditions such as rain and cold weather, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a building and saying to your friends and family ‘I worked on that!’.

4. Common sense

It may seem obvious but common sense is a must. When you’re on-site, there’s often an element of danger, whether it’s dug out foundations or exposed electricals, so common sense can literally be the difference between life and death. Not only can this put your own life at risk, but can also endanger others working around you. At Eurocell, we believe that most practical skills can be learnt through experience, training and ongoing practice. In fact, we offer training, such as our in-branch GRP training, that can help people develop their skill set for when working on the job. Common sense, a work ethic and respect however aren’t learned skills, so it’s important that you establish whether these traits are present in a person when you’re interviewing them.

What skills do you think people need to work in construction?

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