The average service technician is overweight, stressed out, and fueled by legal stimulants. Coffee, cigarettes, and monster drinks have replaced the staple of a good breakfast and rest. ALSO READ: 8 REASONS WHY TECHS SHOULD QUIT SMOKING
This unhealthy combination is an absolute recipe for disaster, and it’s killing our service techs.
The impact of an an unhealthy life style is causing massive damage to our industry. If not resolved, we may find the plumbing, electrical and HVAC trades dying off.
If you ask any business owner what his biggest challenge is today, he is going to say,
“There is a major shortage of people in the trades. We are just not getting any new blood.”
Now, ask a father that happens to be a tradesman (plumber, electrician, or hvac tech) what he would say to his son about becoming an hvac tech. He would probably say something like,
“Son, why don’t you get a job that pays you well and has normal hours? I’m proud to be a tech, but I want you to have more time with your family.”
Why does a father say this to his son?
Because, he loves his son, and understands the stresses that come from non-stop service.
In the “new generation,” kids have been raised to value their health, time, and quality of life more than money.
You can get mad about that, and say the modern generation is lazy. Or, you can recognize that the previous generation raised the current generation this way for a reason. Parents want their kids to be happy and healthy.
A healthy work life balance is critical for the following reasons:
I could go on, but the bottomline is a healthy and happy tech is good for business.
The challenge to a healthy lifestyle is typically caused by your business model. It is just a fact that the on-demand services trades are going to have more stress than a 9 to 5 job.
It’s not about eliminating all stress, it’s about handling it in a balanced approach.
Doctors work in an on-demand trade, and a lack of rest greatly affects their performance. Do you know that you are statistically more likely to be misdiagnosed by a tired doctor that is in his 60th hour, than a rested doctor that had the weekend off?
Do you think this is any different for the trades? Many hospitals have recognized this problem, and are taking steps to correct it.
The trades are also beginning to realize the problem associated with an unhealthy lifestyle.
Any company can implement the 4 procedures mentioned above. With a few minor adjustments, you can promote a healthier lifestyle for the on-demand plumber, hvac tech, and electrician.
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