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Holiday Stress & Its Impact on Work
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and excitement, but for many people, it can also be a difficult season. For some, the extra pressure of facing year-end deadlines during a shortened work month, combined with additional personal, financial, and family obligations, can cause holiday stress during this time of year.
The holidays can also bring more long-term issues to the surface. Whether you recently lost a loved one, are experiencing financial issues, or facing any number of other challenges, the holidays can compound these problems and create further stress, anxiety and depression.
No matter what the issue, the holidays have the potential to cause stress and anxiety which spill over into the workplace. These distractions harm productivity and hinder our focus, which may cause an accident in the field. It’s important for managers and supervisors to understand how to identify and address issues stemming from holiday stress in the workplace.
Identifying Potential Holiday Stress Issues
There are some key signs that can indicate your team members may be experiencing higher-than-normal holiday stress or anxiety, especially during this busy time of year. These may include:
- Change in normal behavior, such as becoming uncharacteristically irritable or withdrawn
- Change in appearance or hygiene
- Lack of focus or concentration
- Unusual tension with other colleagues
- Change in quality of work performance/reduction in productivity
- Abnormal Absenteeism
Encourage your entire team to keep an eye out for each other and to help one another if they notice a colleague is going through a difficult period.
Contact your HR or safety team at any time with questions or for further resources.
Kent Companies Southeast – DCC Hawkins
General Contractor: Concorde Construction Company
the Hawk is a 13 story apartment building situated in Charlotte’s South End district. Our scope included concrete foundations, slab on grade and 3″ precast toppings on all levels including the roof. We deployed a 63-meter pump – the biggest in the Carolinas – to reach the rooftop.
Project Manager Steve Clark shared, “This is probably the tightest site we have worked on. No more than 10’ from face of building to adjacent buildings, roads or property lines.”
The slab on grade features CUPOLEX as part of the vapor intrusion mitigation plan. This is the first installation by the Southeast team. CUPOLEX Plastic Dome Shaped Concrete Forms are stay-in-place forms that create an under-slab void that can be passively or mechanically vented to remove moisture and soil gases to protect the building.
Building Stronger Connections
Texas Accounting Team Walks a Day in Field Boots
“There are so many challenges the guys in the field face every day, like weather and safety hazards.” Becky Csolak was one of nine accounting team members who participated in job site tours this fall. The team learned to connect project materials, supplies and job phases to everyday accounting processes. Beyond technical details, the accounting team gained an appreciation for the hard work put forth by the field team every day. She continued, “This was a great learning experience for me. It showed me how hard the guys in the field work and how they overcome challenges we don’t have to consider every day.”
Project Manager Gary Strowd led job site tours for the team. Diana Ramirez shared, “I have worked in concrete for over 10 years but some of the things Gary explained to me I never knew. You could see everyone in the field focused on their tasks, yet working together to get the job done.”
Frankie Barragan added, “The productivity stood out the most to me. While we were there, the field guys continued working hard and focused on completing the job. It was amazing to see how fast and productive they were working. Also safety was another one that I noticed at the sites. Everyone were wearing their safety clothing and using the tools in a safe manner. There was also a field worker using the harness while climbing up on the column to make sure he doesn’t fall.”
He continued, “The biggest surprise to me was to see how detailed the job sites were. I saw different equipment and supplies and learned what they are used for. It was nice to actually too see the materials/equipment in person that I remember from the invoices.”
Teresa Anderson shared, “My job makes a lot more sense after seeing activity in the field. Seeing the actual size, scale and scope of the job when it comes to billing percentage of completed line items gives me a much better understanding of what it is that I am billing and why.”