Rough way to earn a Living
Grounds Person (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – January 22, 2016
Wake up before dawn, in the colder months go home in darkness. It was a typical construction job. My coworkers were rough individuals and difficult to get along with. A lot of "tough-guy" attitudes, although sensitive to any rebuke.
I learned how to endure being outside in almost any condition. Worked outside in almost any weather, except for extremes like pouring rain, lightning and -40 cold.
I learned how to keep a consistent schedule of getting up at 5am and working all day, only to get home and do it all again. I learned a lot of safety protocols and the basics of operating equipment.
There were a lot of expectations of "get it done" and often projects with poor planning. Be halfway through a task, then have to restart because the instructions were wrong. Or given a task without being given proper instruction.
I figured out how to deal with judgmental, temperamental and all around difficult people. I can handle anyone now.
Long Hours, Construction Worker culture