• John Macedo

Construction Workers are among the most unappreciated class of workers. Are you to blame? FIND OUT

Updated: May 14

Construction workers tend to get forgotten in favor of the management staff due to one simple fact: They are out on the field.

The higher-ranking officials within the construction company typically get all the praise since they work together in the office and tend to have more customer interactions than the other workers. The simple nature of the construction business can be a large factor as to why they are underappreciated, but it doesn't have to be like that.

Ask yourself:

• Do you compliment your workers often? • Do you take a few minutes out of your day (or week) to talk to them? • Have you spoken to workers about their future? • Did you ever give your workers a gift, or throw them a party? If you didn't respond YES to all, or at least one or two, you could be a better leader.

And before you ask yourself why you should worry about this, be aware that a company's workers are the MOST important people for a company (yes, the workers, NOT the customers). Your own guys are responsible for getting the job done in time and following a quality standard, and THAT is what makes a company great.

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✳️So with that in mind, let's go through what you can do to improve your worker's happiness:


So how do you resolve such an issue within your company, and are you to blame for this?

The answer to this question might surprise you. The fact of the matter is that even construction workers require a little motivation from time to time and the fact that nobody else is doing it can be a HUGE factor in your advantage.

To fix this in an efficient and productive way, the best thing you as an employer and manager of the whole team can do is to schedule phone calls and make sure the workers can share their opinions and feel heard. Yes, have a chat, simple like that.

To do this efficiently, open up the list of each and every one of your employees.

Talk to them on a weekly or even on a monthly basis, to acknowledge their existence and efforts completely. For the most productive workers that quickly climb up the labour ladder, you can also give gifts as a way to motivate others to work better and together.

This is important, as the more the workers feel like their efforts are being acknowledged and rewarded, and by this, we mean more than just the payday they receive, the more effort they will put into their future work. Everyone wins in this situation. The moment you master the psychological process of valuing your employees efficiently, the better the results you will inevitably get out of your own efforts.


It is a fact that the majority of workers are men. This would lead some people to the conclusion that male workers need less appreciation, which is false.

The best way to resolve this is to appreciate each and every one of your workers in person. If this does not come easy to you, you can also do this through the usage of modern technology. This can be in the form of a phone call, a voice message, a text message, or our personal favorite, a live stream with the front camera on your phone where you are directly addressing them, as this will make them feel appreciated the most.

Keep in mind that even saying a nice word here and there to the worker can make a huge difference in their eyes and mind, it does not have to be a gift, still, it is much better than nothing at all.

▶️ Start with the basics: Start with a simple “thanks” or “good work”, however you need to know that through a reward system, you can help your worker know that their performance is much more appreciated and it will raise your popularity in their eyes.

Punishing them for bad performance is also a big “no” in anyone’s book, as they will see the positive feedback the best performers get and will want to emulate that same experience feel wanted, feel rewarded. Appreciation is the perfect way to transfer the information to your employees that you are indeed a good person, and the material rewards will motivate them and push them even further in the productivity scale.


The construction environment is harsh in its very nature. The life of the average construction worker can be filled with stress due to the environment, due to the fact that it is rough, filled with tools, and a lot of loud noises.

▶️ This can lead to them easily getting stressed as a result. Do not let this be an excuse to underappreciate your employees or not appreciate them at all when they do good work. Again, this is not dependent on the rank, and you can appreciate people both under your rank and over your rank.

You lose nothing by appreciating your coworkers, and it is a sign of humbleness and strength.

⚠️You see, many people get this idea that being nice to people is a sign of weakness, that they might use this to their advantage and manipulate you in the future.

However, this is not the case, and even if those people end up being like that, those are the kind of people you do not want around you, and you do not want in your company as a whole. It is our job to ensure that our employee’s or co-worker's mental health is great and that they are in an environment that is appreciated and helpful towards everyone’s state of mind.


All of this may seem like too much work, effort, and so time-consuming that you would end up losing valuable progress on other tasks as a result.

If you have hundreds of thousands of tasks that are unfinished and require your full attention, the last thing you probably want to do is go out there and talk with the workers, who should probably be doing work anyway.

✳️ This is a completely valid argument at a first glance, but completely wrong in the long term.

Happy workers will work more efficiently, take care of each-other and feel included in the company's business. Your will notice a huge improvement on work ethic, reliability, teamwork and retention rates for your company.

Besides that, appreciating the workers and make them feel like they are a part of something bigger, a bigger team, a bigger cause because, at the end of the day, their hard work and effort is what truly matters.

Putting this effort in is a sign of empathy and will increase your worker's mental health and wellbeing in general.


Here are some methods that we here at Spades implement, that could potentially copy:

1 - Ask your workers how they are doing personally, ask them about their life, family and so on.

2 - Ask your workers what their plans for the future are and help them plan it if you can.

3 - Occasionally give them a gift, and make sure that their PPE (equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards) is in order and make sure that you are proactive about buying new PPE for them if it is required.

4 - You can also help them with anything else they might need at the time.

5 - Try offering them courses that can be beneficial to both their personal growth as well as the company itself.

6 - You can even schedule integration events such as BBQ parties for example to keep company and employee morale up.

7 - Just be more connected. Show yourself open to help them when they need.

✅ The more motivation a worker has, the better the end result and product will end up being as a result.


This Is why it might be in your best interest to outsource your workers to a labour hire company such as Spades. Not only we can provide you with workers, but they can be on-boarded both for a smaller amount of time and permanently.

This means that if you are on-season and require a lot of workers unexpectedly, we can supply you with these workers. Then, when it is off-season, they can leave and you do not need to pay for workers that you will not be requiring to do any work. As a result, this makes it an extremely flexible option for onboarding new team-members.

▶️And of course, Spades can handle all your human relations so all you have to do is finish other that truly require your full and utmost attention.

Spades is a company that specializes in this, as we take care of each and every one of our workers individually and ensure that each and every one of them feels appreciated.

We look after our workers as well as we work after our clients, and after all, at the end of the day, we are all in this journey together, and as long as everyone feels valued, appreciated, and understood, there will not be any issues in management, not now nor in the future due to the high level of support we offer.

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