Safety Story from a Structure Tone Boston superintendent:
Earlier this year, I was starting a new job and set the shift from 6:00pm to 2:00am, Monday through Friday. I chose these days because it suited my schedule, but I was getting some pushback from the trades. One of the workers said he held his family nights on Fridays, and another told me he had his young daughter on Fridays. My night workers were also then eliminated from premium work on Saturday. Despite the discontent amongst the crew, the workers were resigned to it and begrudgingly would have worked the shift.
That same week, our office held Safety360° training here in Boston. One of the executives presenting told a story related to mental health, and it got me thinking about how I can maintain the mental wellbeing of the workers on my jobs. I decided to shift the schedule back a day, so the laborers could work the same times Sunday through Thursday and have their Friday evenings to themselves. Once the schedule was changed, there was a noticeable attitude shift on site.
It just goes to show how important it is to pay attention and listen to the needs of those around you. Issues that might seem trivial to you could be making a huge impact—positive or negative—in other people’s lives.