Do Construction Jobs Lead to Happiness?

When workers across twelve different industries were surveyed for TINYpulse’s 2015 Best Industry Ranking report, construction and facility workers were found to be the happiest.

That may reflect the recent growth in the sector and revival of both commercial and private building activity, but there are other factors that could contribute to job satisfaction which are inherent to the construction industry. These factors include prospects for career advancement, a clear concern for worker safety and wellbeing, and a focus on worker-to-worker skill building– as well as a work structure that fosters comradery.


“This is an industry that has many walks of life with people working in an office to people out on site. One thing that unites everybody at the end of the day is kicking back for a little bit with a few beers and talking stuff out—the good and the bad. If people have an issue, they will come see a manager during office hours, but sometimes the best environment is when people can relax a bit and just have a drink alongside a manager.”

-Jay Walter, general manager of JWH Group

If you work in construction, do you experience a similar sense of job satisfaction for the factors pointed out?

3 thoughts on “Do Construction Jobs Lead to Happiness?

  1. Could it be that there is an inherent happiness that manifests itself from building things that continue to stand and act as shelter and for commerce for many people? Perhaps there is a certain satisfaction from building. I know that when I create a graphic or logo or ad, I get a certain measure of satisfaction, and that is only a digital image – although I have designed a billboard ad before and that was more tangible and gratifying to see from the highway.

  2. Many people are exposed to heat on some jobs, outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Operations involving high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects, or strenuous physical activities have a high potential for causing heat-related illness. The foremans or managers from workplaces with these conditions should strive to provide comforts to the persons who are exposed to these conditions.

  3. The problem is not that the hazards and risks are unknown, it is that they are very difficult to control in a constantly changing work environment. I’ll go further by comparison with another country. The costs of construction is very high in Ghana, for example, although there were 10% of the reported accidents claims were settled, the total amount was $150,000 which was quite expensive when we try to compare the income of the country.

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