3 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Boss and How to Correct Them

//3 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Boss and How to Correct Them

3 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Boss and How to Correct Them

The longer that you’re at a job, the easier it becomes to hit the cruise control and complete only the minimum duties required of you. Even though it can be tempting for construction professionals to bend the rules from time to time as you grow more comfortable with your boss, if you want to succeed in the construction industry, then you should correct these 3 mistakes you’re making with your boss.

Lacking Accountability

It’s easy to point fingers and create excuses when your work isn’t getting done on time, or in a satisfactory manner. But if you want to earn the trust of your leaders, then you should start holding yourself more accountable when on the job. Take direction so that your manager doesn’t have to give you constant reminders. And don’t pawn those responsibilities off on coworkers. If your work isn’t up to par for some reason, take personal accountability for it and make it right. Another one of the biggest pet peeves that leaders have is insubordination. Follow the appropriate chain of command when it comes to solving workplace problems.

Lacking Punctuality

Construction projects all have important deadlines that have to be met. Even though there are plenty of legitimate excuses for occasionally showing up late to work, habitually lacking punctuality will only make your boss look bad and put you on their radar in a negative way. Focus on getting on their radar in a positive way by arriving to work early on a regular basis to help them meet all those deadlines.

Lacking Authenticity

Successful construction careers are based on hard work, accountability, and follow-through, not sucking up to your boss. The most effective boss-employee relationships are those that are built on a solid foundation of mutual respect. Create a reputation based on merit that is earned from your hard work and dedication, not from stroking your boss’s ego.
Here’re some additional tips:

  • Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can do your boss’s job better than they can, even if you’re next in line for their position. Although it’s possible that you might be better than your boss in certain aspects, it’s also very likely that you aren’t even aware of all of the responsibilities that their job entails. Too many people view their boss as an enemy instead of an ally who can help them learn how to climb the corporate ladder.
  • Don’t broadcast that you hate your job. Leaders are quick to punish anybody who brings down company morale. Instead, try to communicate negative issues with your boss and offer to provide potential solutions.
  • Don’t debate your job description. If you truly want to advance in your field, then don’t be afraid to accept tasks that didn’t appear in your original job description. The most flexible and dedicated employees reach their goals in this industry.

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By | 2019-01-11T12:15:48-04:00 January 17th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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