In the construction industry, project deadlines and heavy workloads can often lead to employee burnout. But many companies aren’t noticing a detrimental trend: quiet quitting. This is when demotivated employees, while still physically present, are mentally disengaged due to burnout, leading to decreased productivity – and putting their safety at risk.
Taking burnout seriously is paramount for construction company leaders. It’s not enough to simply acknowledge its existence; there needs to be proactive measures to prevent it. Providing support, promoting a work-life balance, and encouraging regular breaks can alleviate stress and improve job satisfaction. A company culture that acknowledges employee efforts and addresses concerns promptly can prevent quiet quitting.
The construction industry is committed to viewing our employees not just as manpower, but as valuable assets that need care. By investing in employee well-being, we’re not just promoting a healthier work environment but also boosting productivity and long-term company success.
Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.