In an age where the contracting industry is rife with challenges and opportunities, the onus falls on both the employer and employee to take the industry by storm. This article is aimed at breaking down the barriers that are holding back the contracting industry, with a special emphasis on painting contractors.
The Era of Entitlement
We live in a time when entitlement has taken over the workforce. It has become like an unwarranted epidemic, devouring productivity. This is particularly true in the contracting industry. We hear stories of employees not showing up for work, lackadaisical attitudes towards tasks, and a general lack of motivation. Interestingly, this is not limited to the millennial generation; even seasoned professionals in their 40s and 50s are afflicted with the entitlement syndrome.
The Issue At Hand
So, what is the issue here? Why is there a pervasive sense of dissatisfaction and entitlement among employees? While some may attribute it to the lack of resilience, it also extends to an absence of motivation, an ambiguous understanding of responsibilities, and above all, a lack of "huevos rancheros" (metaphorically speaking) to take on challenges head-on.
Calling Out to the Employees
If you are an employee, it’s time to step up and embrace the wealth of opportunities that are presented to you. If you work for an employer who is striving for excellence, investing in the company, building a brand, and genuinely working towards creating a great culture - you are sitting on a pot of gold. The first step is to get rid of the entitlement attitude. It’s time to understand the sweat and blood your employer is putting into creating opportunities not just for themselves but for you as well.
Employees need to understand that the tasks that might seem mundane or trivial like keeping track of paperwork, attending trainings, or doing pre-job visits are all part of a larger picture. Each cog in the wheel is essential for the smooth functioning of the machinery. Employers aren't just creating jobs; they are creating careers. By contributing positively and being pro-active, you can literally make six figures or more as an employee. The time is now to quit whining and take control of the enormous opportunities ahead.
A Message to the Employers
On the flip side, if you are an employer, understand that your employees are the backbone of your business. To cultivate a thriving environment, it’s essential to lay out clear expectations, provide the necessary tools for your employees to succeed, and cultivate an environment that nurtures growth. By doing this, not only are you setting your business up for success, but you are also building a loyal workforce that will go the extra mile for you. This is especially true for painting contractors. By empowering your team to give their best at every job, you can ensure that your projects are not just completed with precision but also efficiently.
A Golden Opportunity for the New Blood
If you are new to the industry or considering a career switch, now is the time to join the ranks of the tradesmen. It’s an open secret that there is a labor shortage in the country, and the trades are the golden goose. The lack of manpower is not due to the lack of opportunities but rather due to the lack of individuals who are willing to get their hands dirty. Contracting is not just a job; it’s a craft. It’s an art. It’s a service that has a profound impact on the lives of people. There’s a sense of pride in building, fixing, taking care of people, and providing a great experience.
The trades, especially painting contracting, require not just physical prowess but also an artistic touch. The brush strokes on the canvas that is a building or home need to be crafted with care, precision, and creativity. The balance sheets, on the other hand, need the analytic acumen to ensure that the creativity doesn’t hamper the profitability. It’s a balancing act, but with the right mindset, it can lead to a profit renaissance.
The Contractor Fight - Join In!
In essence, it’s time for a new beginning in the contracting world. This is a call to action for both employers and employees. Let’s bring back respect and dignity to the trades. For the employers, this is your moment to lead by example. For the employees, this is your time to embrace the possibilities and make a significant impact.
Be a part of the contractor fight. Your acumen, coupled with your skillset, can ignite the change that can propel the industry into an era of unbridled growth and opportunity. This is the era of the firestarters – those who are willing to ignite excellence in the contracting workforce. If you are ready to put your heart and soul into the craft, the contracting world is ready for you. It’s time to light the fire.