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Last modified: 2022-07-22 | Approximate reading time 6 mins
The working world is undergoing radical shifts, and these changes have without a doubt impacted Quebec’s construction and renovation industry.
The issue at hand here is the critical labour shortage, the workplace conditions it enables, as well as the shift in priorities workers’ experience in terms of quality of life.
Over the course of the ensuing paragraphs, we will delve into the following three aspects surrounding the relationship between work-family balance, the renovation industry, and how it can affect you as a business owner.
Whether you have been in business for 2 months, 2 years or 20 years, you have likely been amongst the many business owners struggling to recruit new employees as of late. Over the last few years, this has been a widespread phenomenon.
While the number of deals signed may have increased or even boomed, you may have been one who had to turn down projects because there simply were not enough hands on deck.
As a result, workers who are already part of a crew find themselves overworked, often having to work overtime to the detriment of family time. This can even make the shortage worse, as some employees can no longer live and work under these conditions, and therefore are deciding to find a job that is less demanding and more accommodating.
This is further supported by an article that was published in February of this year in La Presse (the hardship construction workers are faced with when it comes to work-life balance), based on a study conducted by the Ministère de la Famille. The article stipulates that 45% of construction workers have reported that their work has had a massive negative impact on their lives.
Nearly half… We can therefore conclude that the work conditions in the industry, exacerbated by the shortage, greatly affect the work-life balance of construction workers.
Seeing your kids grow up is priceless!
For many workers, work-life balance has become a key factor in job satisfaction. As a result, employers in the renovation industry must factor this preference into their employee recruitment process and business management decisions.
Since it is highly coveted by most employers, potential hires can demand more flexibility to which bosses are more inclined to respond affirmatively. In other words, as the expression goes, they have the upper hand.
Life is short; take advantage of all the time you have with your loved ones.
As a business owner, admittedly, balancing work and family life is tough as it is. Being an entrepreneur—in any industry—is demanding, yet rewarding, but it also requires a lot of planning to reconcile the other areas of your life. With all the developments that have occurred in the construction industry in recent years, the challenge is even more daunting.
Maintaining one’s wellbeing is an essential part of all of this too as a lack of balance will eventually catch up to you. So, how do you go about it?
The answer is not that straightforward, and unfortunately, there are no silver bullets in this situation. Moreover, it is not likely that all solutions are appropriate for all cases. Still, here are a few time-tested tips to help contractors better manage their own work-life balance, as well as that of their team:
Family dinners are a time during which family can gather after a long day at work or school.
In conclusion, this article paints a picture that many would qualify as discouraging (others might see it as a motivating challenge!), so here are a few tips that could be beneficial when it comes to retaining your employees, establishing a good reputation as an employer, and enticing other workers to join your crew. The tips below will enable employees to achieve a better work-life balance.
For more tips like these, check out our article: Renovation Company: 6 Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover.
A team who works well together is more likely to stick together!
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