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Why Pride in Workmanship Benefits Both Employees and Management

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brains is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” —Louis Niger

We’re on a mission to bring back pride in workmanship. When we first started in the concrete industry, 30+ years ago, people took pride in their work. They were craftsmen. They were artists. They put themselves into their work, and wanted their work to speak to the character of who they were.

Why should we care? Two reasons.

  • Pride in workmanship benefits the employee. Would you rather go to work, put in your time, come home, eat, sleep, and wake up and do it again the next day? Or would you rather go to work, where you practice your craft, put quality into your work, see the results of a job well done, receive praise and reward for your art, then eat, sleep, and do it again the next day? Pride in workmanship gives people a mission, a reason for why they do what they do. It’s fulfilling and rewarding.
  • Pride in workmanship benefits management. When employees are motivated, fulfilled, and enjoy their work, they produce better work. When your people are craftsmen and artists, you won’t have to pressure them to do quality work, because it will be a part of who they are.

How to Generate Pride

People today have forgotten the idea of pride in workmanship, but it’s not too late to get it back. We simply need to share the philosophy with our employees and kids coming out of trade school. We need to communicate to them that the work they do matters, and that it’s an admirable pursuit. We need to tell them that quality work reflects a quality person, and when they take pride in their work, they’re taking pride in themselves. We need to tell them they’re worthy, valuable, and important. Because when they believe they’re craftsmen and artists, they’ll do the work of craftsmen and artists.

We built this philosophy into PayCrew, which shows each employee his or her progress for each day. It’s immediate feedback on how the day’s work went, so employees have confidence in their work and know what (if anything) they need to improve for the next day.

Lee Clark
Lee Clark

As the CEO and co-founder of PayCrew, Lee Clark is passionate about the people in the field, because he understands the importance of trust between a company and its people. As a construction business owner, he saw first-hand how attracting and retaining skilled people form the foundation of a company’s success.

Lee has a passion for measuring daily performance in the construction industry and is also a regular contributor at Concrete Construction.