Who doesn’t want to work in a peaceful environment free of disputes and clashes? Certain factors are necessary to incorporate for having an environment free of claims and disputes and clashes of the construction site workers.
One of the important factors to incorporate is the implementation and practice of good ethics. When the workers and all the construction team behave ethically, a construction project’s productivity ultimately increases. An ethical environment or worker’s outcomes are far better and improved compared to the environment or workers with unethical behaviors.
Keep scrolling the article to understand how to maintain a good environment on a construction site and why you must avoid unethical behaviors.
Top 5 drawbacks of unethical behaviors
An individual or the team’s unethical behavior results in bad construction project outcomes and productivity. It is important to define some ethical standards for the workers and the management to avoid disturbances on a construction site.
Below are a few drawbacks of unethical behaviors on a construction site.
1. Weak bonding
The workers, contractors, subcontractors, and the owner’s unethical behaviors will result in weak bonds between these entities. When people become unethical, the communication gap increases, leading to poor and weak bonding. Workers who lack poor bonding with other coworkers and the manager will have less understanding of their tasks and get minimum help in performing their tasks.
2. Slows productivity
Worksite environments that do not focus on ethics and become unethical have slow productivity rates. Unethical behavior and activities create a disturbance that badly impacts the workers’ productivity and the construction project’s progress.
3. Disputes and clashes
Not every person on the worksite has the same nature; every person has his preferences and loves to stay in their comfort zone. Any person who has unethical behavior and misbehaves with others will result in disputes and clashes. Let’s take an example of a person using abusive language, which will aggravate people who do not prefer such language.
Such disputes and clashes are never too easy to resolve and remove, and with the existence of such disputes, work progress is not possible. Hiring an expert will help you remove these disputes and identify the root cause of the claims and disputes.
4. Workforce turnover
Workplaces that do not focus on ethics have high employee or worker turnover rates. Apart from the wages, you pay the workers, the other thing that attracts the workers towards the worksite is the workers’ mental peace and satisfaction. If they do not find mental peace and satisfaction on the worksite due to unethical behavior, they might no longer work with you.
5. Poor and bad repute
A contractor’s unethical behavior towards the client who is giving the change orders will imprint a bad image. The client will not like to work with you in the future anymore because of your bad reputation and image. As a contractor, if you leave a bad image and reputation in the market, other contractors might get a competitive advantage. The same is the case for the construction site workers. If they fail to please their contractors and management with their behavior and efforts, they will more likely lose their jobs.
What are common unethical behaviors on a construction site?
Some prominent behaviors count as unethical, and there are some behaviors which the construction site members think are not unethical. The identification and difference between ethical and unethical activities are crucial.
Below is the list of some of the common worksite unethical behaviors you must know.
1. Breaking promises
It counts as good ethics if you keep the promises and respect the person with whom you have made the promise. Sometimes the contractors promise their clients the best outcomes, but they end up giving them the opposite of what they promised. The same is the case for the clients; they do not pay the contractors the amount they promised to pay for their efforts.
2. Not paying the workers well
Construction projects usually make payments to their workers and construction members at the closing of the project. The contractors usually do not pay the wages to the workers they promised in the beginning. Such behaviors are unethical and result in claims and disputes, which will suspend the construction project completion. Hiring a quantum expert is the only way out is such situations to deal with the claims and resolve the claims to handover the project to the client free of claims.
3. Providing an unsafe and unhealthy environment
Many people do not consider it unethical, but this does not count as ethical either. Your workers and laborers are your greatest assets and without their help completing your project is impossible. Not providing them a safe and healthy environment may affect the workers’ health and lives, and try not to be a reason for their unhealthy life.
4. Not cleaning the garbage after project completion
Construction teams usually do not clean the garbage and the debris at the end of the construction. It is unethical in many ways as it will increase environmental pollution, and the people in the surroundings will also raise objections against such acts.
Improved work environment results in improved workers performance
Your work environment and the workers’ behavior, and all the construction site members are directly related to each other. If you intend to improve your construction site’s environment, you probably have to work on the behaviors and ethical upbringing of the workers on the site.