Simple Tools For Calming Down Anyone Working in the Construction Industry
When I first started working in construction, in the late 1970s it seemed like every person on the job had an attitude. The carpenters didn’t like the plumbers, the plumbers didn’t like the electricians and the electricians didn’t like the plumbers or the carpenters.
There were even times, when fights would start between one of the different tradesman and it was usually over something silly. Things are a little different today as more and more people become afraid of lawsuits and losing everything that they own. This has forced most people to learn about more constructive ways to deal with other people.
Here’s a couple of things that you shouldn’t do when you’re trying to calm down another person who is working on the project. You shouldn’t continue calling them names, don’t run away from them, there is no need to punch them or beat them up, don’t mention their mother in any negative way and whatever you do, don’t let it happen again.
We all do some pretty dumb things when more upset or mad at someone and the people who work in the construction business are no different. They get mad and say things that they often wished they had never said and rarely get anywhere or solve any problems.
The next time that someone starts yelling at you, you need to stay calm and definitely do not become over reactive. Don’t get in their face and start yelling at them. The easiest way to calm anyone down, is to remain calm yourself.
There is no need to prove to your ego, that you’re the big man or that they’re an idiot. If they don’t seem like they’re calming down, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a time out. Tell the other person that you need to go to the bathroom, take a moment to think about it without them yelling at you or any other way to get yourself away from them for at least 10 minutes.
Usually this will be enough time for them to cool down and talk to them rationally. If this doesn’t happen, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to contact your supervisor or the property owner’s to get a third opinion on the problem at hand.
Whatever you do, do your best to remain calm and that will usually prevent the situation from escalating.