Why Are Construction Employees Happier?

Why Are Construction Employees Happier?

Our industry is buzzing with the news from TINYpulse: construction really is the best industry to work in. But I still had some questions after my recent blog. So why are construction employees happier? I reached out to TINYpulse for more on the data.

This post comes to us from TINYpulse. Dedicated to fostering happier employees worldwide, TINYpulse offers an easy and simple employee engagement survey tool that lets leaders keep their finger on the pulse of employee sentiment and drive higher productivity and engagement levels.

Are some work environments destined to breed happy employees? We at TINYpulse dug into this very question.

In our first-ever Best Industry Ranking Report, which examined twelve distinct industries, we found that employees in the Construction & Facilities Services sector rank #1 for employee happiness. Two key drivers lead to this startling finding:

  • Satisfaction with peers
  • Satisfaction with day-to-day projects and responsibilities

Let’s see how employees in this sector stand up vs. the average employee across a few other dimensions:

Strongly Agreeing

Employees in Construction & Facilities Services are 13% happier with their coworkers as compared to other industries, which is a strong difference. However, when it comes to values, transparency, and recognition, there is only a slight difference between this particular sector and every other employee out there.

Now let’s looks at a few other dimensions:

Saying Yes

This sector beat out other industries by 7% when it came to having sufficient tools, and 9% when it came to having a clear career path. But an astonishing 68% of employees in Construction & Facilities services don’t know their organization’s vision, mission, and values.

From the looks of it, you can’t solely rely on your laurels. This industry is certainly performing well with employee engagement and sentiment, but could it be doing better? Definitely.

Give Employees A Voice

If you’re seriously committed to improving your workplace, swap out those annual surveys with anonymous pulsing surveys. These types of surveys ask one simple question every week, giving leaders timely data about ebbs and flows in employee sentiment.

The biggest impact of surveys for any organization is that feedback has the power to improve the work environment through transparent communication. Are employees not feeling valued? Maybe they’re unsatisfied with the way their manager communicates. All of these concerns may never be unearthed if employees aren’t offered the chance to provide their feedback.

But keep in mind that once you start asking for feedback, you’ll need to share the results. Not only will this show your employees that you’re willing to listen, it’ll also give them a chance to collaborate with you on finding solutions to any issue.

Give Employees A Shout-Out

Recognition drives employees to work hard and feel valued. Yet, only 26% of employees in the Construction & Facilities Services Industry said they feel recognized at work.

We understand that managers have a lot on their plates. So instead of solely relying on managers to dish out the recognition, turn the power over to employees.

Coworkers have daily interactions with one another, so it only makes sense to give employees this power. Leveraging a platform like TINYpulse’s Cheers for Peers recognition tool allows people to recognize their colleagues frequently and spontaneously. This ensures that even small successes don’t go unnoticed.

Although Construction & Facilities Services employees ranked as the happiest group around, various aspects of the workplace such as transparency and recognition are on par with other industries. So break away from the pack and go beyond average. Use pulsing surveys and peer-to-peer recognition tools to make your workplace a more vibrant and productive environment.


2 replies
  1. Zach
    Zach says:

    If you think about it, a lot of other jobs don’t have as much interaction with fellow employees as does construction workers. They also tend to work in teams so everyone is familiar with each other. I think even the amount of work has a lot to do with people’s satisfaction.

    • Laura Day
      Laura Day says:

      Thanks Zach! That’s a great point. It goes to show how the people you work with impact your happiness level.

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