My day job is managing director of Brick-Tie Preservation, a firm I started 25 years ago.
I have no sentimental attachment to the firm as an entity, but I do have a profound attachment to my lads and the girls who form the business.
We spent all day last Friday together, at my unit in Sherburn in Elmet near Leeds. I find that the best way of keeping standards high is ensuring that we all get a full day together, away from the job regularly.
These ‘Training Days’ are great fun and Friday’s was no different. Of course we covered customer service and went through all the problems we’ve had over the past month or two, ‘the what, the where and why’ sort of thing.
We covered some heath & safety issues, some working practices were ironed out and we met our training goals for the day. But really, the most benefit is just the time we get to spend together, off site; making sure everyone has a voice and is reminded that they are part of a team, which works hard for each other.
We talked lots, about the recession and the bad news on the TV each night. “Are we doing alright?” was asked “is there much work booked in?” These are thoughts that very many construction related workers are having these days…
I was able to honestly explain that the whole crew; office and site, work hard, are honest, helpful and so very knowledgeable and enthusiastic…it really does protect all our jobs and they have earned their right to feel and be so secure.
No worries lads…
I know this is off topic for my blog and maybe it’s a bit of an indulgence, but it’s this lot that make my day job worthwhile and I’m lucky to have them behind me.
Gooey bit ends…