It’s the 7th Annual National Construction Appreciation Week, and we at I Build America – Ohio are feeling fortunate for all our crews do all year long.
Every third week in September, the industry unites to show our gratitude for the great work of our industry. The national I Build America organization founded National Construction Appreciation Week in 2018 to honor the men and women who build America. It’s an important holiday for us all to observe. After all, without them, we couldn’t enjoy our everyday lives. You may not realize how much it affects you in your day-to-day life, from our morning cup of coffee to our safe commute to work to our evening entertainment at local restaurants, theaters and stadiums, their efforts touch every corner of our lives.
National Construction Appreciation Week is your opportunity to show your appreciation for the hard work of construction professionals of all levels, from the newest apprentice to the most experienced owner. No matter if you’re actively working in the industry yourself or are an average Ohioan who enjoys the fruits of their labor, consider doing the following this week.
- Share a message on social with #ConstructionAppreciationWeek #ThanksForBuilding.
- Host a team party, complete with an awards ceremony.
- Highlight this year’s successes through a company-wide email or on your breakroom’s bulletin board.
These three ideas are a great way to observe National Construction Appreciation Week. But even beyond these one-time celebrations, we can all work together to create a positive culture around construction. The greater mission of this week is to spark conversation about the importance of construction, especially in our infrastructure and economy. The following simple actions can become routine over the course of this week and lead to a positive change all year long.
- If you work in the industry, prioritize praise for good work. This can be as simple as a verbal “job well done” to a new hire or a “thanks for helping” message to a more senior member all the way to an improved bonus or benefits structure that incentivizes.
- When off the clock, remind your friends that the space you’re enjoying was made possible by a construction crew.
- No matter who you are, show courtesy around active construction sites while on your commute or running errands.
Every third week in September may be set aside to celebrate our construction workforce, but you can find us furthering our mission every day of the year. The I Build America mission is to create a movement that generates pride and respect for our industry. We hope to shed light on the incredible impact our industry has on our communities and inspire the next generation of workers. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date or click here to join the movement.