I don’t care if you are sitting solo watching Netflix, spending it with friends, spending it working, spending it with love ones or just think its a huge con…….. have a great day.
I started working on a mini me awhile back and honestly I haven’t got too far, she still has a stupid pink hat which needs to be white and she really needs some orange PPE ohhhh and shes missing a crane.
This was something I heard on the train
yesterday while I was sat reading and it struck a bit of a chord with me.
I often speak about the first time I went to
site and how if I was younger or if it was my first job I wouldn’t have made
day two. I attended site with just an address, a time, contact number and was
told to attend site induction. Being my first time on site I didn’t really know
the format of these or where they would be held so I went to the office and
followed instruction to go upstairs and wait.
I went upstairs and walked into a room full
of guys getting briefed, I now know it was a brief at the time I didn’t know if
it was the induction. I walked into the room and it went quiet nobody said
anything, everyone just looked at me, so because I believed I was supposed to
be there I walked slowly to the back of the room. Eyes followed me as I took
each step, I eventually reached the rear of the room put my back to the wall
and slid down it till I reached the floor. I quickly realised I wasn’t suppose
to be there but I really didn’t want to move again, so I waited till everyone
finished and left the room.
During this time I questioned my choices –
Should I have stayed in recruitment ?
What was I doing there?
Site wasn’t for people like me?
It’s not to late to do something else ?
Why was I doing this to myself?
It was 100% a fight or flight moment and
looking back I am worried if I was a younger apprentice or if this was my first
job would I still be doing what I do now and I think the answer is – no I
My first few days on site everyone continued
staring, they continued talking about me, asking my team was that woman any good,
making sly comments and jokes. It was hard going and if I am honest I wanted to
be so good but probably wasn’t overly, I did my time in our yard but until you
get out on site and figure out your bearings and who you are working with its
all a bit trial and error and getting to know the team.
So the big question is are you
part of the solution or are you part of the problem?
Do you welcome new people to site? Do you
take time to talk to apprentices? Do you try to pass on your knowledge? Do you
say hello to new faces? Do you make people feel comfortable?
Or do you talk about them? Ignore them?
Belittle them? Exclude them? Make jokes about them?