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  • Writer's pictureTroy Marble

Attitudes are Contagious

Working on a construction site can be tricky when it comes to all of the different personalities. When something goes wrong, tempers can flare, and the drama starts. The first thing that can be affected is our attitude. When we are irritated or angry, we’re more likely to lose our focus and expose ourselves to more risk.

One thing is for certain, our attitudes can be contagious.

Have you ever worked around someone who is always a negative Joe? They can change the mood of everyone around them. Conversely, when people have a good attitude, it helps almost everything. Our communication, teamwork and focus are all enhanced, which ultimately leads to a safer and more productive work environment.

Here are a few tips that you can use to assess your attitude outside of the workplace:

  1. Develop good habits, whatever this looks like for you. You have the ability to assess yourself. Garbage in, garbage out. Where is the garbage coming in for you? This could be social media, who you hangout with, the information you consume, the food you eat. Now, this isn't a lecture, just an encouragement for an honest evaluation of your person. When you have good habits, you'll most likely feel better, which will most likely affect your attitude in a positive way.

  2. Hangout with people who are positive. The saying is true, you become the most like the people who you hangout with. Are those people you want to be like? At the very least, are they positive people?

  3. Have the desire to change. Change can be scary at times, but it can steward a lot of good if you step into it versus resist it. Change happens a lot at the jobsite. The better you are at bending with it, the better you'll be for it.

Stop and think about how your attitude is affecting those around you. You may have to step it up and take the high road. Take a deep breath and put a smile on your face. Let’s use the right attitude to keep our team safe. Remember your goal. You play an important role in helping to get everyone home safe, every single day.

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