The Importance of Soft Skills in the Construction Industry

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This research investigated the critical factors of soft skill leadership, communication, intuitive insight, planning, and teamwork, to develop tertiary construction education curriculum. The Delphi method facilitated communication with industry professionals. The research established industry expectations of soft skills for construction professionals. The findings indicate that some factors have not been fully developed within tertiary construction education curriculum. This is primarily attributed to the practical nature of the construction industry. Short-term resolution of industrial skill needs occurs through internal operational training, meaning graduates may possess qualifications but are inexperienced within certain specialty professions. Researchers involved in this study are tertiary students in built environment disciplines who are transitioning to industry professions. It is acknowledged that surveying students about soft procurement publicly-ought skills would yield different responses in an active industrial setting.

The need to develop soft skills in construction education has grown due to the industry’s evolution. This is because solely developing hard skills is no longer sufficient to cater to industry requirements. However, industry criticism actively states that construction education predominantly emphasizes hard skills over soft skills. Consequently, it is suggested that poor soft skills cause numerous issues, prompting students to investigate the importance of developing these skills. The number of soft skills varies dimensionally across different trade occupations, encompassing both professional and operational levels of employment.

2. Customer Service Skills

No matter your personal contributions to a specific project, it’s important that you are able to work alongside a group of unique individuals with the same common goal in mind. Much of the construction process relies on time-sensitive schedules and deadlines, so teamwork in construction is essential. Working in the construction industry is a tricky field that comes with a wide variety of potential safety hazards. To avoid injury, construction professionals must be calm, as stress can increase the risk of mistakes and accidents. Those within the construction industry must carefully analyze each problem before finding an appropriate solution. Oftentimes, issues will arise within the construction industry. A good construction professional must know how to handle unexpected dilemmas that could come up during project execution and acknowledge the seriousness of potential safety issues. Safety is a priority in the construction industry, and interrupting workflow in the name of safety doesn’t always get the best welcome.

Regardless of how small or big the company is, when working in the construction industry, customer service skills are imperative. Whether you work with homeowners who will occupy the home that you are building or you’re working in a commercial setting, it’s vital for construction workers and managers to display superior customer service. Not all clients or customers will be as knowledgeable in the construction process. From handling customer complaints to maintaining documentation and paperwork, proper customer service skills are a must. Flexibility may also be welcomed by employers, as the construction industry often entails last-minute changes with tight deadlines and high-pressure situations.

2.1. Effective Communication

In order for legal projects to proceed to the next stage, applying for permits is part of the process. The construction manager checks the codes, but can usually communicate the necessary information and plans in order to move on. He relies on correspondence with the personnel at the authorities to schedule equipment to meet deadlines for necessary inspections. Clear communication in a professional and timely manner accomplishes this. More importantly, when plans change, the construction manager makes sure that all parties are aware of and understand the updated strategies. As any construction manager can tell you, the most important part of project plans is understanding them.

When it comes to new construction and renovation, an essential aspect of effective communication is the ability to explain all aspects of the work accurately and in a clear and informative way. For these complex updates to go smoothly, the communication must take place at the right time. Regularly contacting all parties involved saves time and reduces the chances of unwanted changes. Being able to communicate with government agencies and local authorities regarding building permits, inspections, zoning laws, and other rules is a key element in the success of a construction project.

The first requirement for successful completion of any construction project is effective communication between all parties. Not only do constructors need to communicate well with clients, they also need to regularly update and meet with architects, engineers, drafters, inspectors, realtors, and hiring managers. That means communicating both verbally and through written correspondence. In addition, the modern construction team often includes neighbors, city office workers, trees, plants, equipment, hardware, and building components. It is important to make sure that everybody is always on the same page.

2.2. Active Listening

Again, on construction sites, meeting every need of the different team components over time is essential to ensure that the team, while working collaboratively, does not neglect any point of attention and discussion. Data collection also involves data exchange. Making all the data in one’s possession available (communication or trade) can influence the construction process, also stimulating an approach to BIM to achieve the purposes of the rules in a CD strategy.

Another fundamental ability within a professional profile, not just within the construction sector, is data collection. Being not passive but active subjects in listening, the exchanged information must be stored and processed and transformed into a critical and structuring vector of the job that can be done in teams. Understanding the process of data collection therefore becomes a tool for deepening the interest and capacity of the team.

Here are some steps to increase the ability to use active listening: 1. Pay attention when others are speaking. 2. Listen for content but also for feelings. 3. Avoid interrupting the speaker, but intervene when you also reflect your point of view. 4. Ask open and closed questions and, above all, quality questions aimed at demonstrating the interest and the depth of your knowledge. 5. Summarize the main points at the end of the conversation or when you intervene, to show that you have paid attention and are interested in developing solutions.

In work environments in construction, especially at the site, there is a great exchange of ideas and sometimes there may be a lack of a colleague to see everything on the construction site. In these shortfalls of recurrence, active listening practiced by a member of the team is essential to avoid failures and accidents.

Active listening is one of the most important soft skills for any professional. A liberal and open thinker can understand the context and the motivations that drive others to act as they do. Active listening consists of responding to the other so that one can gain depth in the subject, and not just as a mechanical process of hearing.

2.3. Problem-Solving

Problem-solving primarily encompasses critical thinking. Risk management is a careful process that involves a rigorous approach to managing also identifying and solutions to all kinds of project problems—therefore, demanding critical thinking. Risk management strategies for the construction project must also be maintained to assure that all risks have been appropriately and effectively addressed. All stakeholders’ feedback from the bidding process and details concerning when all project risks are likely to materialize. However, organizations have an opportunity to improve risk assessment and management simultaneously in key areas. Organizations also need to consistently test risk and position for “threats” to be available and perceived from different perspectives, determined importance, and validated through pilot projects. The goals, or uncertainties, evaluated emerge as the organization’s emphasis to avoid rolling unenforceable projects, especially collaborative project applications not thoroughly tested by multidisciplinary approaches.

Problem-solving is defined as the ability to identify and define problems, and generate solutions. Construction industry problems are identified as follows: (a) Not including all contractual obligations, issues of fact, and legal conclusions in construction and design contracts. (b) Poorly written scope of services, plans, and specifications. (c) Miscommunication (language misunderstanding and misinterpretations, tone and body language, and hearing), cultural differences, and misperception of facts. (d) Inefficient and wasteful construction practices concurrently reduce to build capacities. (e) The Owner’s mismanagement of funds, unstable bond or surety markets, and investors reduce access to project capital. The ideology of problem-solving is seen in various groups exploring innovative ideas and solutions. By effectively using soft skills, employees can emerge as powerful role models to promote problem-solving and strategy development within the organization. Effective leaders must be critical thinkers, goal-oriented, and adept when dealing with employees.

3. Time Management Skills

2. Curriculum Practical Training Workshop: For decades, assessment techniques for teaching soft skills have mostly been using paper-based or group projects with face-to-face contact. However, how we use soft skills in the workplace may not be fully developed in an academic environment. Traditional teaching methods are mostly based on classroom presentation and studies. More practical or skill-based methods can develop soft skills. Based on this perception, the second student workshop should be designed in such a way that the learning outcome could be achieved through practical training; therefore, the use of theory-based lectures, class presentation tests, and group work and soft skills could be assessed through designated criteria.

1.2.3. Time Management Skills: Time management skills are essential in the construction industry. The construction personnel manage their project schedule to finish the works on time. Construction workers and project managers should supervise sufficient manpower or working schedule adjustment to finish the overall project works on schedule. The project manager should supervise and control all aspects of the design mock-up schedule, construction cost, time, and quality. The technical personnel and all professional staff who provide advice on any aspect of the project should report to the headquarters for proper planning of construction work. As a result, the construction project can be completed according to the construction project implementation plan, thereby minimizing the impact of the failure of the work plan, manpower, or equipment operation. With proper planning and management with the use of appropriate machinery, it helps to efficiently reduce time management.

3.1. Prioritization

A soft skills model construct, named the Recruitment and Positioning Model (RPM), employs cross-disciplinary research to prioritize soft skills needed in construction. A follow-up quantitative investigation demonstrated RPM’s usage. The RPM model construct developed found that listening, time management, and dependability as the top priority soft skills when recruiting, particularly in industries such as construction. The findings indicate that success in the construction workplace will be impacted more significantly by the level of these competencies an individual can bring to the job rather than mastery of a particular technical capability. Based on the RPM and these findings, educators and practitioners in construction will benefit from the recruitment and positioning of graduates with positive ratings in soft skills as they will be more likely to yield successful future construction industry employees.

Accordingly, the primary objective of this effort is to develop a model on the importance of soft skills in the construction industry which will offer clear evidence to educators, researchers, practitioners, and college instructors demonstrating the need to prioritize soft skills. Additionally, it is expected to clarify to students and their parents, as well as the general public, industry needs for specific soft skills that will be demanded within the coming years. The long-term goal, and ultimate objective of this research, is to encourage the development and application of soft skills. Hence, the industry’s future workforce possesses these critical skill sets to ensure an increased potential for construction industry success. Insights and information presented in this paper are intended not only for industry representatives and VDC managers but also directly for construction-specific academic and training programs.

A growing body of research suggests that soft skills are extremely important to an individual’s success in their professional and personal lives. Despite the critical nature of soft skills, the construction industry often overlooks their importance, preferring to focus on technical skills. While many construction-related technical education and training pathways are being developed, they rarely address the criticality of soft skills to business success. Construction educators and employers alike are faced with a significant challenge: how to encourage a willingness to embrace the development and application of soft skills. Presently, there are no clearly defined models, strategies, or documents that provide a framework for industry stakeholders to do so.

3.2. Planning and Scheduling

Professionals working in the area require different competencies and skills for each phase of a construction project, focusing on planning, organization, coordination, and controlling. These professionals act as agents in the production of any construction. Their decisions have a great impact on the final quality of the product, understanding that the agent’s performance is not only linked to technical ability and knowledge, but also to an understanding of human behavior, the technical ability of the parties involved. As an aspect of the industry, the need for soft skills often becomes secondary to other characteristics or abilities of the professional. It is a fact that in almost every phase, professionals throughout the process deal with people and teams that, due to their diversity, demand leadership, emotional intelligence, and good communication aimed at finding agreement and understanding of the information that are being passed. These are essential soft skills, especially when there is constant interaction between professionals from different disciplines.

While it is directly related to differences in work, another role of soft skills in the area of improvement is in planning and scheduling. It is known that the planning requested from a professional echoes on unforeseen events. Concomitantly, without planning, the resources necessary for the work are not requested or scarce or wasted. The question here is about the difference in approach concerning the necessity of what is essential to be used in generating the plan and schedule in the construction area. Due to the narrow view that planning is just a graphic representation of how the activities should be performed and fitted against each other. In addition, there is a fear that understanding that planning means using methods, processes, tools, technologies, in the area of construction. It is important to reinforce that planning and controlling require soft skills in the field of construction when they are focused on minimizing the search for resources and therefore the unforeseen ones. Based on a study carried out in 2017 about characteristics and behaviors of project management professionals in specialized and non-specialized organizations, it was possible to identify similarities in behaviors in specialist and non-specialist organizations: Verifies the functional specification of the work in an effective, complete and timely manner; Seek to prioritize the allocation of financial resources to ensure project success, and monitors and enforces budget control.

3.3. Meeting Deadlines

Conflict Resolution. Conflict is often present in a construction team due to the design complexity and accessibility, variability, and novel issues. The management of conflict by all team members is crucial for the team effectiveness and project success. Nevertheless, conflict resolution was rated very low on soft skills onsite. Conflict resolution is essential in the construction industry because, if not managed properly, it may trigger a variety of disputes between contracting parties, which leads to project delay and loss of value. Indeed, the cost of disputes in a construction project may amount to half the total cost of the project. A construction manager should, therefore, have access to conflict resolution knowledge by using effective communication, collaboration, and framing. Conflicts have to be detected and addressed explicitly between team members so that all of them can be in agreement and respectful toward each other to minimize the potential harm to the relationships and the project.

Meeting deadlines is a significant part of the work in the construction industry. However, this skill does not rank high because it is not measurable. Construction projects are often delayed because of the changes made to the initial project. However, teams with better soft skills make fewer changes and complete tasks in a shorter time. Meeting deadlines requires a combination of soft skills. By improving the presentation skills, architects and engineers can clearly identify the tasks and simplify the communication between the team members. Furthermore, by enhancing the decision-making process and involving all team members, one can secure the best option and avoid disappointing some by neglecting their suggestions. Building trust and good communication into the team members and with stakeholders, who may exert pressure and can cause a delay by changing any project initial stages, is crucial for meeting deadlines.

4. Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflict can increase the risk of accidents in the construction industry. Having excellent conflict resolution skills in this area may therefore be essential for the safe and effective construction of built infrastructure, buildings, and items that improve the well-being of society. There are different types of constructive resolution methods that one can use to resolve construction-related disputes at different levels of concern. Those concerned about how conflict is initiated and escalated might focus on prevention and resolution at the individual or micro-level.

There are various types of conflict, according to R. L. Ritschard. These include interpersonal conflict, conflict that arises in the process of completing construction work, changes to the scope of the project, and disputes over site access and security.

Conflict in construction is inevitable, and it means that it’s important to have highly developed conflict resolvers in the industry to ensure that when disputes arise, they are dealt with in a professional and appropriate manner that helps prevent the build-up of negative emotions. If not resolved constructively, conflict can lead to violence, deaths, and permanent grudges.

4.1. Identifying and Addressing Issues

It was found in the study that not many trainees enrolled in programs related to the construction industry. Unfortunately, the majority of the students preferred business-related courses. Due to the failure to create awareness of the construction industry-related job opportunities among the students, educators are forced to strategize on attracting interested stakeholders in the industry. Only 34.5% of female students chose to enroll in the ITI. The construction department, on the other hand, has carried out numerous initiatives to help increase the number of VTI/ITI graduates joining its program. They organized two sessions of open day and school visits where the department invited lecturers from fields such as SHE, project management, math, economy, and students from other departments to open days by providing information to schools on the campus ROC construction department.

Research methodology consists of three major parts: problem identification, data analysis, and conclusion. In identifying and addressing the problems, the following procedures were executed. To begin with, it was observed that there are open days and construction day in both ITI with the objective of giving an introduction to the students, prospective employers, and the public on the type of training offered by ITI students and their achievements. ITI officers realized that the trainees are not fully aware of the requirements of the construction industry when they leave the ITI. Therefore, the objectives of the study were set as to identify the type of trade preferred by school leavers, to identify the transition rate of students from general education to VTI/ITI, and to find the reasons why students did not enroll in ITIs. The methods used were analysis of documents, questionnaires, observations, and interviews.

4.2. Negotiation and Compromise

A number of competencies are assigned to this process. Concession making requires the contractor or the owner to have negotiation skills. Both parties need to establish a win-win situation through demands for adjustments to the agreed contract price and time. Dispute resolution often requires an equitable trade-off between the parties so that concessions are possible. Dispute resolution often requires an agreed outcome where alternative solutions may be sought. One party must give up something in exchange for the other. Skills to respect all viewpoints present, to balance between the different views and exchanges that are part of the process. Examples of this, to be resolved in a timed manner, may include claims or requests for adjustments to the program, directives, or unexpected changes due to unforeseen conditions. Readers are now identifying recent disputes resolved by experienced professionals. In fact, the other party may not know what the facts are, and it is sometimes a challenge to explain the cause of the dispute to the other party.

The client’s brief represents the client’s expectation as to the finished product. They may involve personal, economic, use-related, image, and control expectations which we see as vision and identity. Negotiations are a “fine art”. People skills are important as well as listening. When leading negotiations with clients, the main goal is to create an open, direct, and honest dialogue between both sides. To establish a close and effective relationship, and to allay any fears in order to strengthen cooperation.

Resolving disputes on a construction site may involve a meeting of minds of the various competencies involved, but, at the end of the day, it will often boil down to negotiation and compromise as to who gets their way. If we take a construction project as a series of processes over time, these processes will be interrupted by disputes that need to be settled in order to continue or else, if not settled, can lead to disputes that keep escalating into claims and disputes that are taken to arbitration.

4.3. Mediation and Facilitation

In previous chapters, soft skills of negotiation were mentioned but are often associated with formal situations such as the construction contracts negotiation process, commercial negotiations, or even labor negotiations. Of course, there are times when the construction dispute process is not appropriate and negotiation, mediation, and facilitation, informal dispute resolution opportunities are better suited to seeking a favorable decision. In addition, some issues can also be resolved in early or non-binding dispute resolution procedures such as conciliation or mini-trials.

Many projects in the construction industry continue to be problematic, not working smoothly, and are riddled with disputes that must be resolved. Conflicts, the negative aspects, are an inevitable part of any competitive endeavor, and thus, there are certain to be disputes, the legal manifestation of conflicts.

Problem-solving involves the mediator or facilitator using creative thinking to find common ground. This again can include the use of generative thinking tools such as brainstorming or the nominal group technique. Sensitivity involves both non-verbal and verbal signals where the mediator needs to be aware of any cultural differences such as different styles of communication or gestures and respond accordingly.

The important soft skill of effective listening requires the mediator to initially gather all information from each party so they have a clear understanding of the issues. The next phase then deals with decision making and monitoring outcomes. As discussed previously for negotiation, mediation and facilitation are also concerned with communication, problem-solving, and sensitivity.

Construction projects are complex and can overwhelm the team involved, resulting in problems that need to be resolved. An effective mediation or facilitation process can assist the participants to collaboratively work together to solve their own problems by identifying the underlying issues and perspectives of the parties.

5. Teamwork Skills

Team problem solving and decision making are two related abilities that make up the spectrum. The capacity of a group to communicate, solve problems, and reach a consensus is essential. Constructive confrontation and consensus are two crucial components of teamwork. Nonetheless, limited studies have analyzed information concerning these subgroups. Problem orientation, trust, decision quality, and interactional fairness are all vital for the team decision-making process. On the other hand, interactional justice and decision quality are integral to teamwork. This reflects that conflict resolution and decision-making skills are essential for construction professionals. They should possess effective problem-solving abilities that enable them to resolve construction sites’ issues quickly and effectively. Despite the fact that previous studies concluded that these skills were less important among the competencies of construction professionals, the disputes were resolved.

Teamwork is fundamental to the success in the construction sector. Over time, an increasing demand for construction work, which requires the cooperation of construction experts to create a finished product, underscores the value of this skill. Throughout a construction project, a large number of designers and professionals work as a team. A construction team’s working culture impacts the project schedule, budget, and quality. Project management positions in the construction sector demand the delegation of duties and managing of teams. The successful outcome of a project is heavily reliant on the harmonious integration of various construction professionals. Furthermore, frequent meetings and correspondence are needed from start to finish. It is also a prerequisite for construction professionals to have excellent conflict resolution and team-building abilities. Workplace and team synergy may be improved by social activities such as team building and corporate mixing activities. As such, professionals in the construction sector should have superb teamwork skills, which is currently seen as the most important skill for construction professionals.

5.1. Collaboration

From a recently published study, it was reported that collaboration was facilitated by many “key” skills used in the workplace, including negotiation, problem-solving, teamwork, conflict management, interpersonal interaction, and effective communication. In addition, Gray pointed to some collaborative strategies to improve construction coordination and create a successful project. These strategies include the leadership of clients in the direction of collaboration through experiences in past partnerships, a common attitude to work common to all companies, a commitment to training for the relationship, and a positive environment to reduce conflicts over disputes and possible communication issues. Industry experts agree, contributing to a positive working environment by bringing ethical principles into play. Behaviors such as patience, kindness, and mutual trust in relationships can also improve workplace morale and, in the long run, allow for better friendship between the construction sector.

As previously described, the construction industry is a largely fragmented one, with different skill sets coming together to successfully complete a project. Yet, the management of these different skill sets is one of the key requirements for a successful partnership. There is therefore a corresponding need for improved collaboration behavior in all involved in the construction process. Since collaboration is a characteristic of good communication, the proven potential of a positive relationship between soft skills and a positive work environment (discussed in Section 5.2) is very pertinent. Parties who are brought together to work in a constructive way, guided by communication and cooperation, are able to pool their skills and knowledge for mutual benefit. In a well-founded relationship, they may emerge with new ideas, experiences, and other benefits for all the parties involved.

5.2. Building Trust

I think it’s amazing working with so many highly engaged, warm, and positive employees. I also see that employees in their jobs are good at creating nice and unique construction places in close cooperation with our customers. There is a great deal of expertise, and this is important for us to continue to develop, while employees will have the opportunity to invest in new duties such as construction manager, specialist in production technology, or internal talks such as foreman and scaffold supervisor. We view the ability of employees and their willingness to test new construction methods as a key success factor, and it is in the development process that we will support soft skills training.

When working in the construction industry, trust is everything. In construction, most employees work on site, which makes it much easier to build relationships, collaborate, and get to know one another. This not only facilitates communication and working together well, but it is also great for team building and gaining trust. Not only between employees but also between companies and clients. An investment in soft skills to support your employees in this aspect will therefore pay off. The construction employees are obliged to communicate skillfully, manage development tasks, and provide presentations at the intersection of the DfT production processes.

5.3. Respecting Diversity

In work management, the diversity of each worker in their organizational capacity and the use of their technical capabilities must always be given special attention. Organizations that use methodologies with a myriad of valuable contributions made by each of their collaborators, involving them in this way of seeing and managing the company in their daily life, end up obtaining significant advances in a wide range, both in productivity and in the memory of the company. The wealth, which may be lost if differences are not respected, is beyond the proper methods of work management and communication while respecting the capacities of the workers.

Originally, the construction workforce is highly diverse and has professional figures with specific knowledge and skills inherited from different cultural contexts and in the most varied construction techniques. These techniques are later combined in the realization of their physical work. The integration of differences in all forms of knowledge is consolidating simultaneously.

As part of the soft skills that we seek, we also look for respecting diversity. We understand respecting diversity as the capacity to understand and live with people who have peculiar characteristics, who live in different contexts. Due to the great number of jobs in the construction area, workers from different backgrounds use their intellectual capacity and creativity, knowledge of the use of tools and processes, adaptation to new techniques and technologies, the way they organize and perform their work activities, and the way they deal with people. These factors are decisive for work to be done well.

6. Leadership Skills

Effective construction leadership is essential for successful project outcomes. A leader’s ability to coordinate people and inspire the commitment to achieve project objectives is often another measure of success. An effective leader requires an effective mix of managerial and emotional skills, compassion, and decision-making capability. It also has the potential to influence the attitudes and behavior of team members to promote a positive project result. This section offers an avenue to understand what leadership is and how it factors into productivity in construction. Furthermore, it imparts essential aspects of construction leadership and work team management and suggests ways to improve the productivity of special leaders. It emphasizes how these factors can influence team or project outcomes.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the construction industry, leadership is crucial. This is particularly the case for large-scale construction projects with multiple contractors, working simultaneously to achieve project goals. Leadership and management are widely recognised as critical in meeting project objectives, improving project performance, and enhancing team dynamics. Leadership in a construction setting requires a high level of competence in an individual. Successful leaders in construction have the expertise, experience, creativity, interpersonal skills, managerial skills, and interpersonal skills. Despite technological advances in building construction and material sciences, integrated construction productivity improvement can only be achieved through efficient management. It requires effective coordination among various elements of technological, human, project, financial management, contract management, safety requirements, quality and environmental management, and ethical issues.

6.1. Decision-Making

There is also a need for heightened emotional intelligence in individuals. According to Miralta and Armstrong, intelligence quotient (IQ) represents the loyalty of a person to require sensing of his emotions, knowing their center and managing all these emotions. The emotional intelligence helps construction professionals to be aware of their environments, thus enabling them to manage their emotions effectively in support of their decision. They can also leverage their logical decisions through fanatical arguments. Moreover, it can help construction professionals to better their social networks. This ability for effective decision-making is emotional intelligence, which is referred to as ability EI also include the measures that are correlated with logical performance. This trait is often exhibited in middle-to upper-level managers in construction firms, whereas low-level managers tend to possess skills that are not emotionally driven. Emotional intelligence can help a manager in the construction industry to assemble and maintain globally dispersed multidisciplinary groups. This is crucial as projects are commonly complex in the industry.

Construction professionals need analytical abilities to compile and review various details surrounding the project. Estimators retrieve and analyze the substantial amount of data from draws, equipment, and material suppliers, subcontractors, together with local municipality and other organizations that help in completing the estimate. Furthermore, they will use historical cost data to analyze the data they have put together to offer a solid estimated cost for the project. In addition to costing, planning and scheduling are also important careers for a successful career in the built environment. Careers in planning and scheduling involve empirical judgment in logical sequencing and timing of events that help decision-making. Recent studies have also identified the different features that can help in mustering up the decision-making ability of construction professionals. Certain elements like research, reflection, and learning were identified as dimensions of capability that can demonstrate potential to build logical judgment among individuals.

This critical thinking skill is crucial for a construction professional, whether on the site or in an upper management position. The importance of decision-making cannot be overstated. Managers and executives in the construction industry will require all the help they could get even in the most trivial decisions in order to make the process less complicated. This skill is most especially needed by construction professionals working on site where building safety is an important concern. Being caught up in the moments of pressure may often impair an individual’s ability to make calm and logical decisions. A slight change in decision, if not fault-tolerant, may even result in major building accidents. Risk management skills also need to be developed such that what-if scenarios are considered. They need to look into problems from a different viewpoint in order to arrive at a proper decision that can help in addressing a particular concern.

6.2. Motivating and Inspiring

In order to inspire personnel to pay attention, utilize, and adopt fresh methods or support current methods, decreased construction superiors need to reside in highly motivational circumstances. As it approaches leadership study, motivation embodies the potential and drive force in us to accomplish our objectives and keep us in the right direction. As long as the motivation is meaningfully delivered to pursuing a certain idea and a crucial move forward work determination, decision-making, and task accomplishment, the benign and adherent environment of the value of employees can be shaped or founded with the individual supervisors of the certain employer. If employees are creating a friendly and harmonious workplace, they will possibly inspire their typical actions. If there are conflicts in the atmosphere, they occasionally affect their classic behaviors.

Persuading workers to follow instructions and use techniques from others, especially superiors, is a challenge in application on building sites. This is a major dilemma, particularly for construction supervisors. In building, the fact with skilled site employees is noteworthy. When builders recognize that superiors or additional site workers need or possess certain information that the welders do not have, if they are to execute their contracted occupation to a better standard, they are not at risk of having the essential preparation principles. This kind of thinking is similarly kept in welding, as it concerns leadership, selection, execution, and training. Similarly, when it comes to welders, respect is run smoothly as every other person; it is difficult to get people to place your recommendations and follow others’ lead. Moreover, extremely qualified welders are no exception.

6.3. Delegating Responsibilities

Against this backdrop, certain vital aspects of human resource management and employees’ interests, in particular, must be considered. The benefits of using workers are indisputable, given generous financial support and a better working environment. The success of hard-earned construction companies is generally based on processes and price optimization, the addition of superior products and expert knowledge. None of this would be possible without the production staff, more than 90% of which have performed skilled and semi-skilled work across the country. The construction industry is a tough player, really known for its leap of value, non-conformances, hostile and short deadlines. Specific tasks are not allocated, and workers and leaders have to coordinate a number of parallel implementations. With this in mind, the consequences of employee relationships are certainly moderate and should be further explored.

Delegation of tasks to the employees is another soft skill that project managers need to possess while managing a new project. It helps in completing the tasks effectively, enabling the project manager to focus on the most critical areas, leads to employee’s development, and builds trust between employees and managers. During the development of the projects, project managers have to work under very tight time constraints, and success is often related not just to speed and efficiency, but also to the process of handing over projects. It is quite common for large projects to be delayed by nearly 40% because of assignment and resolution transfer issues between the first and second phases. Delegation also portrays the level of trust that project managers have in their ability to tackle these problems. The consequences of trust in the workplace, such as the ability to not micromanage one another, be honest, and accept and fulfill the commitment, were downplayed based on the founding relationship.

7. Problem-Solving Skills

Problem-solving in the construction industry requires attention to detail and critical thinking. Time management skills are also crucial, so issues are addressed immediately. When applying for jobs, consider constructing examples from your education or previous work experience that will address this skill, such as proposing effective alternative solutions. Ask yourself, what would be the result of the business’s nonexposure to problem-solving skills in the construction field? What would happen if a project owner were budget-cutting on a project, and the project manager didn’t have the necessary abilities to identify alternative means of securing required budget funds to salvage project quality? What would happen if a business working on a project doesn’t have the right problem-solving ability?

Problem-solving is an ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to successfully solve problems and make decisions. In the construction industry, there will never be a time when something doesn’t go wrong on a project. The ability to make quick decisions, solve problems, and keep the project on track is an essential part of every project manager’s skillset. It is true that the issues that occur are not always straightforward, and therefore it takes extraordinary problem-solving skills in the construction industry to solve the most serious construction difficulties.

7.1. Analytical Thinking

As previously mentioned, the activity of building design, in general, is done in the multidisciplinary format and includes various areas, such as engineering, architecture, social sciences, among others, which cooperate among themselves. The rapid changes in the information coming from these areas do not involve only the most advanced places, but the places of their application, such as construction companies. Since analysis, synthesis, creativity, and innovation are cognitive skills developed in academic education only based on these skills can transform these information of great complexity into the production of material value, meeting the demand and demand of the construction works of society. The practice of these cognitive skills based mainly on problem solving is today the greatest challenge to be overcome by educators, not only in the fields of engineering and architecture and urbanism, but also in the fields of sciences in general. The structure achieved in the formation of the bachelor in civil engineering or in the field of architectures and urbanism is the result of the sum of information between several areas, such as humanities, sciences, ecology, economics, and social sciences. It is the result of a training guided not only in the field of knowledge linked to procedural know-how, but also in the points of intersection on the theoretical referential of the human development, guaranteeing all necessary and transcendent structural elements in the analysis, conception, and development of problems of the highest complexity with the same end.

To solve complex problems, data has to be analyzed, and this is rarely a short and easy process. Analytical and innovation skills enable this process to select the best option and make the best decisions. In the construction site, it becomes relevant when drafting and interpreting contracts, project management, and in projects with some complexity. Some communication skills have already been studied, which is always an important part in the execution of the work, especially in collaborative work. Biomimicry projects focus on the development of soft skills like adaptability, communication, innovation, team work, since its methodology involves students from the science area and design in collaborative work around the development of a prototype, respecting time limits and the budget, and developing academic writing and final presentation.

7.2. Creative Solutions

This research will first and foremost help increase construction professionals’ self-awareness by emphasizing the importance soft skills play in reducing various project Waste Indicators (WI). As described previously, waste is evaluated from a list of typical construction activities. Secondly, the research will also be useful to the construction industry, policy makers, and to construction management educators as it raises awareness of the important of soft skills. This research will confirm that soft skills are essential in eliciting positive relationships between individuals and project Waste Indicators, which manifest through engineers’ actions investigated in this study. Construction management educators and industry professionals may develop creative curriculum or continuing education programs that target the abal-schick soft skills model’s attributes necessary for engineers in the construction management project environment. Career centers can also advocate for positive leadership attributes which aid in community service opportunities (ab-SC) that promote advanced communication, multicultural understanding and related capabilities useful in the construction industry. Protecting on improving behavioral attributes aimed at preventing a negative construction environment from emerging that lead to any identified project Waste Indicators (WI).

Results from the panel data models (Table 4) suggested that project delivery methods, educational background, and soft skills were not statistically significant in predicting value engineering waste. When construction professionals are faced with typical non-value-adding tasks, focus groups suggested that the wasteful versus value-adding activities can be explained by considering the types of tasks performed by construction professionals that result in rework, safety incidents, job conflicts, and quality errors. For example, a seasoned estimator may run all of the complicated price and quantity takeoffs and establish a known quantity and pricing database. This estimator may then mentor a junior estimator, so that future similar activities are less wasteful. Similarly, an engineer trainee may learn about proper engineering practices or project production controls (PPC) and apply those principles in a more meaningful way. Research findings advocate for the application of utilitarian ethics, which evaluate the positive utility produced by an individual’s actions and guide construction professionals’ decisions on what is considered moral or ethical behavior.

7.3. Adaptability

Construction administrative management can and should develop current and future work schedules that are capable of modifying themselves in predicting human behavior where flexibility is an absolute requirement. Consequently, the working system has to be equipped with strong human-based worker-friendly features. In prioritizing available soft skills, adaptability capabilities have to take preference to achieve normal working conditions, particularly when subjected to change. We can now deduce that each construction worker is linked to important job mission criteria across the system, particularly when subjected to change. Flexibility, if practiced across the working system relative to job processes, could significantly reduce material led shifts. Eliminated shifts would reduce people-handling costs across all trades. Reduction in leadership is not a concept new to the construction industry. We are well aware that any reduction in corrections overhead can increase bottom line returns.

What do we mean by adaptability? Simply put, it is the ability to adjust oneself to varied conditions. Adaptability in construction, the ability to adjust oneself to varied conditions can, at times, represent the difference between smooth working procedures and a complete breakdown of same. Workers who resist needed adjustments based on the appearance of change tend to interrupt, suspend, or terminate the working routines of other workers who are also interconnected with that particular operation. This is due to each worker having unique roles developed by years of working action, unless action is taken to minimize or eliminate any interruption that change can bring. Let’s remember construction workers are shift driven. From the attached, we can immediately deduce that adapting to new conditions caused by change will minimize disruption throughout the entire system. Again, let us remember that construction workers, when changed to a new task, disrupt the entire operation. Inaccurately projected complex work schedules can easily mask any pattern of disruption. It is necessary to develop a more flexible system. Current work schedules are often starved for detail.

8. Adaptability and Flexibility Skills

The skills required to be successful in the construction sector are consistent across all project parties. Establishing, implementing, and enhancing a universal skill set for these roles in their respective fields will benefit contractors, the owner, and their clients. To effectively navigate any significant project on time and budget, complementary hard and soft skills are necessary. Regardless of their place in these areas, they are essential. Soft skills are as essential as hard skills for entry-level workers (foreman, carpenters, and laborers). Understanding that soft skills are as critical as hard skills for entry-level workers will help employers and educators provide and seek out training to meet all worker employment needs and provide relevant well-rounded education. When industry participants have an understanding of these soft skills, they will look for employees or projects that emphasize these skills.

In construction, projects constantly evolve. A day’s work can go from sunshine to rain. As a result, the people who work in this industry need to be able to adapt constantly. Often, the most successful construction professionals are those who are able to see issues from a variety of angles. By thinking creatively and outside the box, they can come up with solutions more quickly. Project managers and others running the venture need to not only be adaptable themselves but also need to work to create a culture among their team members that nurtures the same skill. Workers outside of management also need to do what they can to understand the project’s future. The better they can predict what is coming, the smoother things run. Part of being adaptable is also being able to adjust as needed.

8.1. Embracing Change

According to a study, graduate engineers are not typically prepared for entry into the construction job market as they lack the necessary skills. Engineering professionals will continue to be employed in the future and, as such, should be developed with the necessary soft skills in order to function as part of an efficient workforce. Consequently, it is important that educators are equipped with a variety of evidence-based approaches that encourage students’ soft skill development in an authentic environment. Key soft skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, persistence, collaboration, communication, and learning from failure. These skills are vital conduits to the appreciation of general industry practices, knowledge development, and an understanding of how to function as part of an effective project team working on complex endeavors.

The construction industry has traditionally been slow to embrace change. So much so that, according to a global construction survey, 83% of the sector believes poor change management is the leading cause of project failure. Despite this, two-thirds of industry professionals expect their businesses to change in the short term to meet demands for sustainability, innovation, efficiency, technological advancements, and digital-driven capabilities. The survey also found that 71% cite ‘people-centered soft skills’ as the driver for achieving change. Constructing Excellence’s Construction Strategy 2025 also encourages the sector to become more professional, to better manage and integrate knowledge, and to work smarter whilst innovating to drive up productivity. Effective communication, interpersonal skills, ethical considerations, negotiation, active listening, and cooperative working are, after all, considered soft skills and are vital requirements for construction professionals enabling them to lead, manage and work in a strategic team. Indeed, it is people or human-related activities such as planning, communicating and interpersonal relations that are considered the most vital competencies for construction professionals, where the onus traditionally falls on professionals within the sector.

8.2. Adapting to New Technologies

The construction industry is undergoing a radical transformation worldwide, and technology has paved the way for a new era of construction. This rapid expansion of technology has disrupted the traditional landscape of the construction industry and has increased the demand for skilled labor in the workforce. Construction technologies are improving productivity, reducing the risk of accidents in construction, and providing companies with technical products that analyze and add real-time data. Today’s construction managers are expected to adapt to these advancements’ performance and successful integration and manage the construction project following the advancements in technology and other technology professionals’ knowledge to guarantee the efficient use of the complex building process’s currently established best practices.

Younie and Fan describe how certain emotional and social intelligence competencies, defined as soft skills, enhance the industry’s employees’ ability to integrate and deploy various building information modelling tools. The inclusion of these soft skills in project management briefings now includes both identifying and managing risk components of trust and integration, communication and team-wide. Another soft skill noted by Younie and Fan is the worker’s critical problem-solving skills, which help them make success-critical decisions and are essential for the industry to move from its status quo operation approach to units (including new technologies, approaches to sharing information and resources, and thoughts). Younie and Fan argue that these risks originate from the emerging evolution of information and technology. Similarly, Hartman notes soft skills that enhance the sector’s capabilities and are crucial to the industry overall.

8.3. Handling Unexpected Situations

Once the specific soft skills are known, it is important that the construction worker follows a series of daily tasks, such as maintenance of the machinery and tools, and those responsible for the risks involved in the construction site are clearly communicated to the teamwork. Some of the most common emergencies in construction are general disrespect for safety processes, natural disasters, scaffolding collapse, slips, trips, and falls, and accidents related to heavy equipment and machinery. Because scaffolding collapse is so very common, it is important that the workforce is clearly explained and capable of identifying potential warning signs before a more serious problem arises. For example, being able to check the load capacity, checking the level of the ground as the opening of the screw jack and locking, checking the presence of the guardrails, and taking the necessary precautions for an unstable base are just a few of the signals that could help a worker recognize an eminent problem.

In such a complex and hazardous area of work, workers should have the knowledge to understand what to do when something goes wrong. This is crucial not only for their safety but also for the safety of everyone on the construction site. The ability of a construction worker to react effectively in case of an accident is possible in two steps. The first step is for the workers to receive training on any potential risk, the specific actions to be taken, and with whom they should communicate in these cases. The second step is to conduct simple but frequent emergency practices.

9. Communication Skills

Communication can be verbal or non-verbal. Verbal communication occurs when messages are being passed through speech. Verbal communication allows the speaker and the listener to engage in real-time conversation, which is useful when information must be conveyed immediately. Non-verbal communication or body language involves the transmission of information through the movements of various body parts, such as the gestures made with the hands or the facial expression of the speaker. Gestures and facial expressions work in synergy with speech to provide additional information. Both verbal and non-verbal communication have barriers, which are factors that can cause misunderstandings during a construction process. Considering the negative impact that can occur from construction misunderstandings, barriers to verbal and non-verbal communication need to be mitigated. To better understand barriers to verbal and non-verbal communication, the authors examine barriers to verbal and non-verbal communication.

The construction industry is a knowledge-intensive industry that provides a variety of professional services dealing with the construction and maintenance of industrial, commercial, and institutional projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, and schools. The role and responsibilities of professionals working in the construction industry require a combination of technical and soft skills. Communication is one of the nine construction industry soft skills. Effective communication is the foundation of building strong relationships in the construction industry. Professionals from the construction industry are compelled to communicate when liaising with other stakeholders who play a role in the construction process, such as suppliers, workers, colleagues, and clients. Effective communication in the construction industry ensures that everyone involved in the construction process understands their responsibilities, that the wrong instructions are not given, and workers are not injured.

9.1. Verbal Communication

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The building trade is one of our state’s oldest industries and one of its largest, making it one among every seven staff within the world. The satisfaction of operating on a product that’s physically measurable and to own on its account may be a carrot, one thing draw for potential employees in today’s wellbeing; however, the long image in talking with students regarding the way forward for the industry represents several challenges and complex realities. A 2020 ABC Workforce & Development Survey revealed that a serious amount of contractors’ respondents rate jobs, likewise due to a lack of qualified workers, whose a little difted was 88.7%.

On a construction work site, verbal communication skills are vital for success. Since construction is also a global industry, many workers face the language barrier. In an organization, communication does not have to do with a single individual or team of individuals. An organization is a network of relationships that makes everything serve a given function, and the connections forward information and knowledge to those who need it. Research has found that a single project must have efficient and clear channels of communication which are identified, maintained, and structured so that all workers’ knowledge can be utilized efficiently. For instance, firms with good communication practices have greater revenue than other companies within the business because of good venture management.

9.2. Written Communication

Assessment and feedback are foremost important in the promotion of student learning, but there are often difficulties in guiding and developing student writing due to time pressures of marking and providing feedback on written work. The incorporation of marking rubrics to guide assessment activities can be a helpful support in the improvement of teaching and learning in the writing practices. Moreover, online feedback as a form of summative and formative evaluation can be employed to address assessment literacy weaknesses among the students. In the construction management degree programme, students are required to write critical and reflective essays to learn and critically evaluate theories and existing practices, and this normally forms the basis of further discussion on site project management and other related subjects. Students are expected to apply reading textbooks and academic theories in their learning to enhance themselves in their writing skills as well as their presentation skills.

The writing process involves the production of many drafts, editing and rewriting, and refining information to express one’s intent in a precise, concise, and coherent manner. Written communication in the form of reports, proposals, and contracts between clients, consultants, and contractors is essential in the construction industry. This calls for the development of the ability to express concepts and ideas clearly and logically, to articulate academic learning and details associated with professional practices. The ability to write, edit, and improve their ability to produce and organize ideas in writing will give students a great advantage for the establishment of their professional credibility and reputation in the future.

9.3. Non-Verbal Communication

Before communication can occur, the project manager has to understand the written and unwritten layers of project team members, including their cultures and backgrounds. For most project managers working in international environments, this competency level is quite challenging. Understanding direct communication among team members is not expected to be a problem.

Non-verbal communication is often the first impression, and an opinion is formed almost instantly. Common forms of non-verbal communication include gestures, body language, facial expressions, eye gaze, and tone of voice. Body language, voice inflection, and eye contact are all methods that enhance listeners’ interpretation of a speaker’s verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is complex and further depends on culture, sub-culture, individual traits, and social status. In short, first impressions can determine the future of the process, company, and all its employees while non-verbal communication is important.

The importance of soft skills in the construction industry: fundamental drivers of individual success on construction projects are related to an individual’s ability to interact and engage with others and convey their technical knowledge to non-technical stakeholders. In spite of the work of education institutions in offering students access to technical knowledge, many young professionals are manifestly under-prepared for the people challenges they face.

10. Decision-Making Skills

Construction supervisors need to be skilled in many different areas to be successful on the job. Decision making is one of those essential abilities needed to complete projects effectively. Skills needed to make logical decisions quickly are required for planning and executing tasks in dynamic construction projects. Additionally, construction supervisors work at challenging job sites which have unavoidable risks. In these cases, quick decisions are also essential to avoid or mitigate accidents. Therefore, construction supervisors with strong decision-making skills could better manage the uncertainties of job sites, with beneficial impacts on overall project performance. In this study, Critical Incident Technique (CIT) and content analysis were employed to identify 15 soft skills most frequently mentioned in transportation construction project sites. Moreover, a Decision Making Model for transportation project sites was developed, which provides the process of utilizing 5 decision-making strategies in 6 types of typical choices.

Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively with other people. In other words, they shape the way we interact with our friends, family members, coworkers, supervisors, and clients. Because soft skills are so important, job site leaders of all levels need to possess these essential abilities in order to complete jobs safely and efficiently. Therefore, we have created a panel of five construction supervisors who possess effective soft skills in some of the most popular construction industries, including transportation, electric, and general contracting. Our findings confirm that construction supervisors need both general and project management-specific soft skills to be successful on the job. These general skills include communication, leadership, team building, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities.

10.1. Gathering Information

The results of the interviews demonstrate that most of the soft skills were included in individuals’ profiles interactively. Each profile was structured according to the opinion of 30 people with experience in construction works without education or age limits. The core contributions of this paper are that academic studies should not focus only on the opinions of individuals with experience in top management, but also the opinions of individuals from all levels. An individual gets high efficiency out of time management, productivity, problem-solving, and decision-making skills with experience. A balanced individual is known to be a good one; it’s an indication of multiple interests in life when there’s a specific ratio of knowledge about different fields of performance. The level of training affects occupational performance, and although there are many definitions of individuals with advanced professional skills, soft skills have a different place of importance in all skills lists. The personal dispositions commonly defined with the French word “Tact” as tact in people with a high level of social skills also make them appear more educated and more cultured.

The goal of a construction project is to build in time and within the limits of the investment: high-quality, sustainable buildings. To meet the requirements of the beneficiaries who demand complex and large-scale projects to be completed on time and within the limits of investments, the contractors need experienced and qualified personnel who can manage the works efficiently and ensure the quality requirements. The construction industry is a demanding sector from the point of view of human resources, and so is the profession of site manager. The profile of a perfect site manager includes three groups of skills: conscious soft skills, the main skills that predispose someone to obtain good results in the construction industry, other professional skills, i.e., knowledge that a construction engineer has the duty to possess.

10.2. Evaluating Options

Specific professional skills are becoming increasingly important in the realm of successfully completing complex ill-defined problems, which have political, cultural, financial, social, and/or environmental implications. When considering the number of barriers faced by high school teachers in engineering, it is consistent with available time and resources for soft skill implementation, which make the problem considerably more complex. The implementation of preconceived soft skills without consideration and careful planning can result in the implementation of soft skills.

As the world exhibition shows, it is not just four students who need to develop soft skills in communication, the need for building professionals to communicate through training is not a new concept, nor is the idea of soft skills. The construction industry must also develop soft skills through education to establish an interdisciplinary team of students to ensure success. A long-term goal in this domain is to re-educate building professionals, and the need for the construction industry to develop these skills is also reflected therein.

This is designed to study the problem and the nature of soft skills training programs developed in the construction industry, as well as the impact of those training programs. While soft skills have seemingly been identified as essential skills for project managers in the construction industry, the recognition that those in domains collaborate in many contexts and work teams, the acquisition of soft skills in all those contexts is not well documented.

In today’s construction industry, soft skills are crucial. Customers are demanding an increasingly higher level of interaction and problem-solving for construction projects, which means that individuals talented in their industry-specific skill sets will need to become more effective in presenting new ideas, addressing concerns, and solving problems to ensure that the end result in customer satisfaction exceeds expectations. The need may be even more acutely realized in those specialty areas of construction such as roofing, painting, and affiliated trades, where the subjects of the construction work are most likely to be involved in the process.

Soft skills (i.e. social, personal, and interpersonal skills) are important in many industries. Successful delivery can impact business outcomes, worker and client satisfaction, and ultimately, a firm’s reputation and profitability. This is as true in construction as in any sector, but construction has lagged behind in recognizing and developing these skills.

10.3. Making Informed Decisions

Managing difficult individuals who have, among other things, a different motivation for working, different communication skills, different backgrounds, and different perspectives is crucial for project success and high team productivity. Communicating work instructions to team members is also crucial for better planning, direction, and motivation and could either encourage willingness or refusal of employees to strive to work effectively.

In construction work, even the best technical skills may not be enough in terms of being able to work with other employees, clients, and planners. One of the major difficulties connected with working in the construction industry is the differences in abilities of employees. At the beginning of construction work, the team’s abilities are often already established, while managing one team member might be more challenging than managing the team as a whole.

This theory is demonstrated at yearly special recognition events hosted by the National Specialist Contractors’ Council, with an increasing number of young and talented people being awarded and congratulated by their peers for outstanding work throughout the year. However, inherent social and behavioral skills may not be enough in the construction industry, nor are formal education and job experience paramount.

To work efficiently, fast-paced construction projects require constant communication among team members. So, it is crucial that each individual is reliable and has good interpersonal skills in order to perform competent work in a timely manner. Understanding the nature of the work they do and the requirements of the modern construction industry means that my trainees are better placed to make informed decisions, preparing them for future success by making them more confident in their chosen careers.

The transition from a technical career role to a supervisory management role involves a significant change in terms of skills. First and foremost is the switch from doing to managing, and at St. Luke’s Group, this means people management: assisting, supporting, and nurturing team or individual performance in order to deliver excellent client service and project delivery.

11. Problem-Solving Skills

Suggest that if all packaging waste is collected neatly on a daily basis, the subcontractors can easily remove non-hazardous packaging waste at a small additional fee. This time frame reduction could be in the area of 40% according to the numbers provided by Matheson. Explain to them that it would be taken to a facility that would recycle, repurpose, or reuse all the scraps. The production of recycled cellulose from solid waste paper is one of many examples of what their waste can be transformed into. It can also mitigate a significant portion of pollution and water usage. This solution is both planet and profit-friendly.

An installation company would be impressed by your ability in problem-solving if you could tell them how the removal of non-hazardous waste from job sites would cost a construction contractor both time and productivity if the employees are asked to do it themselves. It may seem like a minor problem; however, in a busy work schedule, the extra 20 minutes that it takes could add up quickly.

Problem-solving skills are very important in construction management as these professionals need to be able to identify an issue and find a solution. In our work environment, which is filled with hazardous waste, dangerous equipment and machinery, tight schedules, and frequent areas for conflict, someone who is able to find a solution to an issue under pressure is of great value.

11.1. Analyzing Situations

The two-way problem-solving process is another critical approach used in design education for construction students which is fundamental to develop their analytical intelligence. All projects are chronological and dynamic with different problems of comprehension emerging throughout. For design education, it is important these unique ways of thinking associated with technical and design problems continue to develop over time. These entity and environment problems leave designers with questions that revolve around what is known about the nature of the situations and what might constitute a viable strategy for a solution. Further, two-way problem-solving can contribute to students’ critical thinking. The development of critical thinking skills in construction students is of significant importance to address; learners in the domain are expected to have good language and comprehension skills and the ability to articulate their logic.

Situation analysis is crucial to create a solution for any situational problem. The situation analysis views the problem from different perspectives effectively, which generates a solution. The analytical skill will help the students to establish a mindset to view the situation from multiple points of view. The analytical thinking will fill the students’ tool kit with a series of leadership strategies, communication delivery methods, and content development tactics that will cater to the audience’s knowledge, interest, learning style, and preferences in relation to the dynamic nature of any communication occasion. Developing the analytical communication skill in students means that they will need to work on interactive tasks and activities, such as group discussions, interactive forums, dialogue, presentations, and so forth, in class and out.

11.2. Developing Strategies

In addition to the recommendations specifically aimed at industry and government, students interested in pursuing careers in construction should consider what the contemporary construction industry needs when making their educational choices. Educational programs in construction, such as those taught in the Department of Construction Business Management, have been carefully developed to align with the requirements of the Workers Compensation Act’s provincial regulation for the mandatory 60 hours of Construction Safety Training for all tradespeople working within the construction sector. These important professional skills are taught, assessed, and transferred as part of every construction student’s undergraduate learning journey. As students reflect upon their career aspirations, they should think about the soft skills, such as customer service skills, diversity and cross-cultural awareness, that employers seek in workers to meet the needs of increasingly diverse and interconnected clients, customers, and communities. Social and ethical considerations should become foundational principles within any future construction workforce.

Given the significant demand for individuals trained in the necessary skills, it is clear that educational institutions, governments, and the construction industry must come together to develop strategies to address the skills shortage. The following section provides recommendations for supporting skills development that stem directly from existing studies and reports. The strategies are aimed at different sectors of the industry and include options for students to consider who may be looking to join the workforce. Finally, we explore the potential future impacts of the fourth industrial revolution (or Industry 4.0) on the construction sector.

11.3. Implementing Solutions

They will be able to track their own skill development and be made aware of their deficits in particular areas. Embedding these tools in assessment processes could go some way toward students understanding the importance of soft skills, influencing mindset changes, and their future contributions to the industry. Even at the proposal stage, these solutions can be implemented by educators who can be proactive in identifying relevant industry needs and embedding them in construction management programs. As indicated by DeVita and Post (2003) (p. 59), “education initiatives must be established now to invest in the construction management employees of the future”.

Several articles and interviews have highlighted the need for soft skills and soft skills training in the construction industry. This increased awareness of the soft skills gap and potential training solutions needs to be transformed into action with targeted strategies developed. Understanding why soft skills are required in the industry is an important first step. Once acceptance occurs, industry stakeholders can implement solutions. This includes academic institutions developing construction management curricula that embed soft skills in training. Instruction must then deliver the identified skills using relevant teaching material framed in a construction context. It is proposed that training should also involve the use of a formal, objective skills assessment tool where students can see the relevance of effective soft skills in their future careers.

12. Emotional Intelligence Skills

Recent developments and theories on neuroplasticity in psychology offer empirical evidence-leading advisors, students, and scholars to relegate constraints and reshape tenets. Proficiency in soft skills as well as technical savvy creates professionals better equipped to interact with their expert peers while leaving lasting positive impressions. Firms, researchers, educators, and leaders should engage in providing dialogues, building problem-solving capabilities through projects with situational relevancies, and practical problem-solving environments that create an enriched collaboration, understanding, and sensitivity to emotional intelligence. Profound understanding of their behavioral patterns and norms further encourages teams’ attitudes to investigate and impart innovative ideas fostering the entirety of the group. Futurists predict job landscapes influenced by innovative technologies existing years from now will undergo changes more frequently. Prototypes are influenced by automation and increased demand for EQ. Platforms that possess integrative learning already emphasize the importance of strong EQ capabilities.

Moore and Kearsley define emotional intelligence as “a set of competencies that contribute to optimum effectiveness when working with others”. There is a limited understanding of EQ within the construction industry; however, recent studies in higher education begin to offer evidence identifying needed soft skills explicit in the construction workplace. The trait is critical to the overall success of the construction industry. Laboring employees need this skill to value personal safety through critical thinking and empowered decision making, which ultimately contribute to the success of a project, as well as the overarching business objective. EQ addresses feelings and responses, leading to better communication and cooperation. EQ is critical to a business’s operations and growth, including those in the construction industry. Therefore, construction management teams must continuously support efforts in nurturing it while identifying current employees possessing these beneficial capabilities. With recent technological shifts, it is necessary to examine whether technology is inherently de-emotional or increases emotional awareness? Industry-sponsored programs are already exploring these issues like the Institute for Veterans and Military Families NextGen Program and the I-4 Construction Innovation Hub. Personal and emotional skillsets contribute to enhanced team performance and readiness.

In the US, 92 percent of construction professionals report caring only somewhat or not at all about the social/emotional skills of workers they hire. This is more than any other industry participating in the survey. In the UK, construction professionals report that social and emotional competencies are needed for leadership roles in order to manage the relationships, communications and to lead a team effectively, whether it be internally, with the client or other departments. These factors are forcing businesses in the industry to consider a new set of skills employees must possess. Business leaders are identifying that emotional intelligence (EQ), is critical for every employee and industry; this includes the construction industry. EQ includes intrapersonal skillsets such as self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy, and social skills that are necessary for personal and professional success. These intrapersonal skills support building cooperative relationships across roles and throughout the management structure. A company’s success and differentiation from competitors are starting to be determined through the high level of EQ throughout all its unique departments including architects, engineers, regulatory personnel, estimators, project managers, inspectors, consultants, etc.

12.1. Self-Awareness

A unique construction project is a unique team made up of employees from different companies and countries, different cultures, different visions, and opinions. Therefore, how to best use a team member’s unique skills depends on the integration of national culture profiles to fit the nuances of the various parts of the team. The development of an integrated list of competencies will lead not only to a higher professional aptitude for implementing construction projects but also by the construction markets themselves.

The multifunctional character of the construction industry is that professionalism in construction is an integrated system of various competences (functional, personal, and social). In the framework of each project, team members should be both (a) professionals in their field; (b) integrate into a single construction team and achieve a high level of cooperation with each other; (c) integrate into a single fully functional project team and provide their highest possible performance with staff who have other different functional responsibilities and different organizational cultures; (d) retention of the “foreign” employees’ best employees. Thus, in addition to high professional skills in construction, a team member of a construction team that effectively manages, interacts with a project team in different countries is expected to also have soft skills.

There is an integrated list of competencies in which employees will develop from the accumulation of soft skills that are important in the global construction industry. Since the results of project team work are always directed to the client, the ability to work effectively with partners and customers is also a requirement for any modern specialist. Thus, integrated lists of competences in which employees will necessarily develop include also the ability to effectively work in his/her team, orientation to the needs of the client, teamwork in different cultures, understanding of how to effectively work with “foreigners,” and so on.

The importance of soft skills in the construction industry is significant. One consequence of utilizing a project-based approach is that the company’s staff are divided into project teams and face the need to interact with those who think and behave differently, organize work differently, and in different countries. Minimization of the resulting geographic and cultural barriers and maximizing the practical use of employees’ knowledge depends on their understanding of how to better interact with their “foreign” peers. One of the most important components of project team success integration is the development of a base of soft skills.

12.2. Empathy

Individuals should always be valued on the worth they bring to the team in terms of knowledge, experience, and ability as Bahrami and Molavi (2015) observe, and these attributes should not be undermined due to social or cultural stigmas. The findings of Kecman et al. (2017) have relevance in both the public and private sector. Lifting the veil that society perceives of construction workers is difficult, and entities like the government, as a client, should try and influence the acceptance of an inculcation of empathetic values in the organizational structure to support a more inclusive environment, which entails workers feeling valued. Empathy should not only be practiced as a duty, as manufacturing environments do, but should rather be a character trait and the ethics by which we conduct our business.

The word “empathy” is often used in association with work done by medical staff or youth workers. However, empathy is important in all fields where one interacts with humans. In construction, workers with empathy can influence those around them. They can discern when someone is not performing by reading his or her body language and are more lenient with individuals who have personal issues, which could be a contributing factor to this difference in performance. Bahrami and Molavi (2015) verify these findings and attribute the occurrence of these findings in the construction industry to the masculine culture one finds present, which has a stifling effect on empathetic behaviour. They stress the importance of creating an inclusive environment in construction, as the workforce will be supported by empathic behaviour, which in turn should lead to a more productive and committed workforce. An open and inclusive environment indicates an organizational culture that is willing to value and support the individual, which should also show through in greater organizational commitment from each employee.

12.3. Managing Emotions

An example of emotional suppression can be seen when a construction site manager, Gordon, and his crew are working on a tight deadline to complete a high-profile project. One of the construction workers, Hannah, has been experiencing severe back pain from handling the heavy load of a jackhammer, which is essential for the floor preparation process. Gordon is concerned about Hannah’s well-being and is also worried about meeting the tight schedule. He decides to approach Hannah and greets her with, “What’s wrong with you today? You know how behind we are.” By using the word “we,” Gordon intends to reinforce the idea that they are a team and that the more Hannah’s back hurts, the more everyone should work together to quickly overcome the tight deadline. However, Hannah interprets Gordon’s attempt to boost morale as a tactless comment about her capabilities and a dismissive attitude towards her contributions. She starts to feel severely restricted in her ability to achieve and, as a result, distances herself, which could have further lowered morale.

Soft skills are synonymous with people skills and are crucial for individuals to possess if they want to be successful within the construction industry. The construction industry faces challenges related to traditional masculinities, which have historically emphasized toughness and invulnerability in the face of physical and emotional hardships that construction workers encounter on a daily basis. As a result, expressing one’s emotional state, especially if it involves vulnerability or unease due to persistent adversities, is often seen as a lack of control, an inability to manage, or even as unwillingness to complete the job. This leads to emotional suppression, where construction workers “cover” their true feelings with an outer persona that is rough, tough, and unflustered, while internally experiencing different moods and emotions.

13. Negotiation Skills

New procurement methods in construction have undermined the consulting services in the areas of design and engineering, construction and project management, and business development. Services in dispute resolution and construction claim management have become more important in services procurement related to construction. Such a change suggests the importance of negotiation skills in the services of project management. A successful negotiation requires the combination of listening, reading body language, building trust, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution. To be an effective negotiator, it is important to obtain the relevant information on negotiation techniques and tactics, to develop a better understanding of body language, and to understand that the limitations of the English language or the effect of cultural or personal differences might pose during negotiation sessions offered by the educational institutions and/or professional organizations.

Negotiation is a fundamental skill for anyone who is involved in bringing together a group of people to meet one particular target – negotiating agreements is a key part of the job function. The industry considers construction disputes as among the most common, and therefore resolving disputes in construction has rightfully assumed global significance. This means that project managers need to be excellent negotiators. They must mediate between opposing needs of various team members and balance these to the advantage of everyone associated with the project, be they client, company, or employees. Such skills become pivotal attributes that PMs must possess when responsible for executing programs to the satisfaction of clients’ time, cost, and quality requirements.

13.1. Identifying Interests

“I believe that construction would be a very important part of every business.” This interest spans both family and existing business, Participants 2 and 3. “Being an architect… I have always thought that would be a good job… Assistant architect and then possibly moving up,” Participant 2. This interest is tied to the family architecture business. “That would be in the architectural part of it. And then… I believe construction would be a very important part of every business. Construction would be a big thing, and that in order to… I would need to have strong leadership skills in order to direct my own business in the future.”

Gen Z conceptions of soft skills in construction are often based on pre-existing knowledge of common careers and fields within construction. Participant 2 earned this interest from a parent, saying, “My dad was big into construction.” This narrow school of thought led to all three participants naming similar soft skills: “Problem-solving, perseverance, and determination,” Participant 2; “I believe problem-solving is a huge one,” Participant 1; “I would think hearing would probably also be an important part,” Participant 3. This develops into thoughts for future careers: “I have always thought that would be a good job, so…” Participant 2. When asked about potential future careers, all three participants drew upon only three construction professionals. While most of the content is similar among participants, participants 1 and 3 have only a fraction of content compared to Participant 2. This persona was the most vocal of interests. While not all possible interests, the interests derived from participant conversations are:

13.2. Finding Common Ground

By providing a thorough constructability review and a platform for dialogue, the communication process between a researcher and construction management team can potentially prevent time and cost overruns by making design modifications without needing to have major construction adaptations, last-minute design changes, and construction delays. The implementation of constructability can also serve as a foundation for a quality control plan, as constructability could potentially help identify design flaws and the reconstruction of design details that won’t hold up to their intended function. With construction projects being complex, all stakeholders (Owners, Designers, and constructors) should be on the same page by developing a good rapport and teaching each other their roles and work practices required in a construction management team.

The professional dynamic between office staff designers and onsite construction staff builders can often feel like an “us” vs. “them” mentality where both sides can become defensive when communicating. When etiquette is viewed as a way to show respect and create a good working relationship, then we can see the importance of poor communication and the huge negative impact it can have. The effective communication between both designer and builder is critical to constructability. The sooner the builder shares the techniques and methodologies used in the field, then through construction feedback and dialogue, the researcher can identify design modifications necessary to improve constructability without compromising design intent.

13.3. Reaching Win-Win Solutions

Gain an understanding of the situation: focus on the people and the problem. One needs to be aware of the underlying needs of the other party; otherwise, the principle of expanding the pie is being broken. Be open to ideas: Sum up ideas afterwards from both sides to make sure each party knows where they stand. Find harmony in a friendly manner of communication: Listen to the other people’s body language; if they are closing up, then one may need to redirect the conversation. Be creative in problem-solving: The most important thing is to develop a solution that satisfies both parties. Focus on the goal: As long as the goal is met, the project can develop positively. Know when to walk away: Sometimes, it is simply impossible to reach a win-win solution.

Win-win negotiation is not something that comes naturally to many people, more like a way of thinking. It is a mental attitude that is fostered as one deals with people. People involved in win-win negotiations are open to another’s opinions, supportive and empathetic. They listen well to the other’s position and they are problem solvers who seek to uncover the underlying needs of the other people. A win-win approach involves expanding the pie, a belief that because two people are involved, more can be achieved than either one could achieve alone. Brock and Mautz (2015) have put together some guidelines in order to reach a win-win solution.

14. Critical Thinking Skills

One question that is asked in regard to critical thinking skills is “What would you have done differently or what can you do differently for cost transparency?” This critical thinking skill leads to another while building or constructing a project and following procedures. An employee must be able to pay attention to steps and details and be able to make a connection on what could go wrong in each phase of the project, which takes creativity. Creativity is a skill that helps with critical thinking skills to improve the project and be able to think through issues. Employees who are creative think of new processes to do things quicker and efficiently. Building and road construction involves critical thinking skills, with problem solving as back up of those thinking skills. Employees in construction must be able to ensure the correct agenda, work backwards, and think through issues to have a working project.

Critical thinking skills include analyzing data, using judgment, problem solving, evaluating, and decision making. Employees in construction must be able to analyze a situation to know what the best plan of action is and then implement that plan. They must also be able to critically evaluate their work and what is happening around them to troubleshoot issues they identify and improve upon their work for success and personal development. Employees also must be able to analyze the working environment and extract useful information regarding changes, as the building evolves. Another option is to analyze a problem and think about potential solutions.

14.1. Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning is the most general kind of reasoning. We all use it constantly. Geographers might deduce that light coats worn by rein-collectors protect their eyes and face from the reflective radiation of the polar environment, rich in sunlight. Handwriting analysis experts may be relied on to provide evidence to a court that more than one author was involved in writing an electron note, critical to a case of alleged extortion. People in everyday life might form an elaborate chain of deduction to explain why a particular invitation to a cafe came. Like any other techniques, the soundness of logical reasoning varies widely from case to case. Criminals and the deluded, for example, enjoy no privileged immunity that others cannot compensate and extricate.

Ropes & Gray employs reason-based questioning, including logical reasoning tests. A logical reasoning test measures your ability to make valid conclusions. This is part of a movement towards verbal reasoning, as it is less a test of pure reasoning. The law firm advertises lots of internships, which frequently differ in their requirements. When a full-time role may not seem quite right, look at the requirements for their internships as if the full-time employer is looking for the same. They then follow a logical reasoning test. Their basic reasoning exam is very similar to the exam carried out by SHL. The test consists of 40 questions that must be completed in 15 minutes. We found that moving as quickly as possible through the questions, “guessing” to answer those we were unsure of, and then reviewing those answers in the time that remained was the best strategy. The test comes in both “verbal logical reasoning” and “inductive logical reasoning,” or otherwise known as abstract reasoning.

14.2. Evaluating Evidence

Construction companies believe that vocational education should strike a balance between theory and practice. Many young people who have previously attended vocational education institutions and later joined construction crews have competed in regional and national competitions for vocational education students. These competitions showcase the most outstanding students in terms of their organization, creativity, and ability to apply scientific knowledge to practical situations. After completing the necessary training, construction companies emphasize the importance of focusing on quality and productivity, which are often overlooked. It is essential to develop not only physical skills but also advanced mental and intellectual abilities. Workers should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, as a developed human capital contributes to the advancement of civil society.

Today’s building industry, as part of modern technology and production processes, plays a crucial role in the national economy and commercial field. It is one of the most complex and dynamic industries. The variety of contemporary construction methods highlights the importance of having highly qualified specialists. However, construction companies often struggle to find enough members for their construction crews or customer service specialists. The characteristics of the education sector and the tendency to pursue vocational education professions make it less attractive for young professionals.

14.3. Drawing Conclusions

Hence, in response to RQ2, it is clear that construction workers are indeed aware of the soft skills necessary in other occupational roles and in those of managerial positions. The question remains as to why these skills are not being adopted or why soft skill training is not being further considered. Leadership in the form of open management practices that cater to performance needs and work practice issues within an over demanding industry is required. Eventual upskilling of the workforce for broader industry-related concerns will also be achieved as an indirect result. Ultimately, and in response to RQ3, the only way that the necessary soft skills can be improved is via leadership.

This study has indicated that construction workers are aware of the traits desirable in a construction worker. Over 90% of workers surveyed valued hardworking and reliability, which reflects that there is an expectation for workers to respect and adapt to direct managerial instructions. However, as also outlined in these findings, workers are likely to respect and be more productive when managers adopt a more open, communicative management style. Therefore, it can be concluded from these findings that a democratised management style would support a productive work practice. However, 1.5% of construction workers surveyed valued this, along with not being afraid to speak up in group conditions, showing that there is an inherent lack of confidence in the same worker surveyed. Similarly, worldwide, there have been highlighted lack of importance in leadership soft skills and widespread frustration with the communication process, which underpins community expectations that abbreviated project timelines and reduced budgets need to be considered alongside the need to upskill the workforce in line with the industry’s current digital and sustainability focus, with increased employee/employer commitment and workforce well-being.

15. Stress Management Skills

Effective stress management in real time can prevent and minimize feelings of apprehension and dread while maintaining a clear view of impending activity. Mastering stress management techniques can enhance job performance and morale, improve physical health, strengthen emotional stamina, increase job interest, stimulate creativity and innovation, and amplify organizational success. Furthermore, multiple stress management can facilitate clear thinking and coordination, as well as reduce potential project errors and accident rates. explored the connection between failure and stress. The results visually represented that stress was proportional to the number of production errors committed. A drop in the percentage of production errors was anticipated as stress management capacity improved and talent in stress was modified or eliminated. Consequently, stress can be regarded as a pain rate, and learning or mastering stress management techniques will help achieve optimum project work productivity.

Stress in the construction industry is common, with former results of the present study demonstrating an urgent need for effective stress reduction techniques. Unaddressed stress can contribute to dissatisfaction, absenteeism, employee burnout, and employee errors. demonstrated a 13.8% increase in the seriousness of employee errors occurring in employees experiencing one or more stressors, where an analysis suggested that the most significant impact came from experienced workload. By acknowledging, evaluating, and acting on sources of stress, employers may successfully manage avoidable stressors, improve team morale, prevent accidents, and enhance employee mental welfare. Consequently, it is an employer’s responsibility to acknowledge stress and implement techniques to diminish it.

15.1. Recognizing Stressors

Work is the most significant life stressor for construction workers. Understanding that working in harsh conditions on a labor-intensive, continuous schedule is a significant cause of stress, mental illness, and substance dependence is the first step in identifying the problem. It’s especially hard when the stressors are different for each worker. According to Kinnick Floyd, there are two types of stressors that can occur at work: individual and chronic. Individual stressors can be considered short-term stressors. It is caused by a particular factor or individual, such as time constraints, excessive workload, input perception, criticism, or harassment. Chronic stressors at work can be characterized by long-term stressors and can manifest as low rewards, low control, or high demands of the job. The construction industry intersects both types of stressors. Individual stressors are confronted by workers, and chronic stressors are characterized by the nature of the work itself from extremely harsh working conditions.

Many think a construction laborer’s job isn’t as important or challenging as a doctor, a lawyer, a paralegal, etc. Not only does their job affect the general public, but the construction world is tough. A job, and it is hard on your body. The “Construction Workers as Secondary Victims” study also states that construction workers are at great risk for mental health challenges. Not much is being done in the construction industry to address or help with this issue. Having awareness about the problem, finding the cause, and finding a solution are the first steps to begin the process of fixing it. It is important to have social media, advocate health solutions, improve public mental health literacy, provide mental resilience training, create and sustain personal relationships, and change healthcare privacy laws and practices, along with others, to provide support in recognizing stressors and teaching construction workers how to understand what they’re experiencing before it’s too late.

15.2. Developing Coping Strategies

It is clear that workplace pressures and demands, such as a need to complete work on tight deadlines, can create difficulties for trades workers to manage their emotional responses and can have a range of negative health impacts. Over 90% of trades workers in our sample reported that there is a high level of pressure to complete work on tight deadlines, and participants’ narratives demonstrated that, as well as causing stress, this also led to increased feelings of frustration, anger, and irritability. For example, a plumber with 8 years’ experience noted that when he and his colleagues are required to work in occupied dwellings, their ability to manage their emotions is compromised due to time pressures. He indicated that his team would need to make what he perceived to be excessive considerations to avoid disturbing residents while still getting their work done.

In contrast, stress the importance for trades people to feel that they have the support of their supervisor if they are dealing with customer anger, however our findings show that over half of trades workers feel that, if they are unable to manage feelings of frustration and anger with customers, their supervisor would not support them.

There is some evidence that trades workers in the Canadian construction industry receive support from their co-workers to deal with customer anger. It was found that over half of trades workers reported that if they are going to encounter a customer who is angry, then they in advance. He will say nine or ten walls a glass, and if there’s gonna be some conflict and stuff happening, get it, talks to the person and get him-loose it all. Participant 9, (female) sheet metal worker, 3 years’ experience.

Workers of trades that were client facing were particularly prone to experiencing customer anger. This led participants to reflect on their coping strategies for dealing with customer anger, for those who had developed effective strategies over time. These were generally based on adopting a non-confrontational and empathetic stance towards the customer which helped diffuse the situation. Effective coping strategies were thought to come with time, after learning what worked and did not work and through trial and error.

15.3. Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Employers are in the unique position to create policies and procedures to enable their employees to have both a satisfying and motivational career, in addition to a work-life balance outside of their career. Construction has slipped into the routine of having no routine; the expectations of the project tend to drive the work hours. The construction industry could really benefit by implementing work-life balance to keep employees physically and mentally healthy so that they are inclined to stay with the employer. It is not enough to pay employees more if they are being overworked. It is important to demonstrate leadership by providing balance in duties and allowing for flexibility around important events in personal life.

The construction industry is notorious for long hours that are often not conducive to work-life balance. Forty-six percent of employees and 73% of employers agreed that long hours are having damaging effects on employees’ health. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Meetings can be both held and ended at a reasonable time, deadlines and expectations can be managed so they do not impede on personal life, and if there are personally pressing matters, they can be addressed with telecommuting procedures. Employees need to be able to have a life aside from work to perform at their absolute best. Employees are more likely to give their absolute best, that extra 10%, if they are feeling both mentally and physically well.

16. Interpersonal Skills

To conduct a literature review that would not exceed some reasonable limit and would provide insight into the key competencies of the young and future construction professionals, the authors have chosen to follow a methodological approach as proposed by Truscott Research. A phased literature review performed through a structured database search, covering a variety of research and source publications, reporting on the competencies required in the construction industry. The initial results yield a total of 121 related references published between 2000 and 2019. Further selection is based on relevance, significance, and relational context as inclusion criteria. The first stage of the screening process includes a short-time literature review that leads to 32 key peer-reviewed papers. In the second phase, a more complex literature search continues to identify a total of 12 papers, published in the past five years (2015–2019).

Within the construction industry, team performance and company reputation are widely recognised as significant soft skills gaining the interest and attention of a large number of researchers and practitioners working in the field of human resource management. Skillful communication is a highly sought-after and widely recognised soft competency, essential for career development. Focusing on the construction industry, its specific needs and characteristics, this paper presents an insight into the core of the soft skills that young and future construction professionals need. Owing to the lack of relevant, in-depth research, the need for this study is emphasised; its aim, research questions, and objectives are clearly stated and its scope is briefly discussed.

16.1. Building Relationships

A good track record and reputation go a long way in bringing future work in. In the same vein, the personnel on the site must be proud to be associated with your company; they are the people on the site or the hard sell to the sector. If they make a good impression on the initial client or the public as a whole, there is always an immediate demand for their services. A further obstacle to be cleverly handled by the management. If there is a good relationship between the design teams, it is delivered. Optimizing all resources can be emphasized to improve performance despite the construction period. This can be accomplished through an improved decision-making process with the express aim that the essential project milestones are achieved on time. Ultimately, deliveries through high-performance team capabilities and strategic time management can be maintained.

This is always so much easier when the relationships between the various parties are good. Whether it is the teams of architects and engineers, or between the main contractor and its subcontractors. At the end of the day, we are all working towards a common goal – either providing a client with a building or infrastructure that will serve them well over the years – or providing a client with a return on their investment. If one respects your fellow draws skill, listens, and is prepared to accept concepts because they might be better than your idea, the situation is tenable. Regular encounters, showing that you are all in the same building, cause good relationships to develop.

16.2. Resolving Conflicts

Every meeting can start with safety and planning issues (daily huddles), as well as important values that are the core culture of the construction business, with every discussion designed within the context of these values. Enforcing a no profanity rule in meetings creates a calm, respectable atmosphere where team members can express themselves and be heard. Building the right culture is about taking every opportunity to build the team and grow each individual member. After each conflict is resolved, we should also follow up and measure the results of the resolution. The issue could be that we did not truly get to the heart of the matter and come to a resolution. The issue could also be that once we have expressed the resolution expectation, it is not followed, and in order to get a true pulse on the results, the company can now utilize job site evaluations and surveys after every conflict is resolved. The company is responsible for improving on them; this is the price of building a successful company culture.

Resolving conflicts. Conflict will happen in a company; it is unavoidable. Misunderstood expectations, actions, and changes within a business can create conflict. It is not the responsibility of the owner to resolve every conflict that occurs within the business; managers should also become trained at how to resolve conflict among team members. Emotional intelligence revolves around the core competencies of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

16.3. Showing Empathy

It is these workers who are more aware of what is going on and can easily control and handle situations, such as disputes, that may have an adverse effect on the project. Those high in empathy have also been suggested to be more capable of managing disputes and creating a positive building atmosphere. In addition, those low in empathy can act aggressively and create a hostile environment. From extensive field research, it was found that construction managers have reported that they believe that empathy is crucial to creating an environment of security and positivity. Positive organizational climates that are more backed by managers who are empathic and supportive of workers make a significant style allowing workers to feel more psychologically secure and understand how they can complete their jobs and manage feelings and moods of team members.

Many people working in the construction industry are driven individuals who may forget to show empathy at times. It is essential that workers are open to those around them, sensitive to the needs of other individuals, and are self-aware, showing respect to everyone no matter what the job or project one is working on. Empathy is crucial in building relationships, resolving disputes, and gaining and retaining the trust of all individuals involved in the project. It is essential for the success of any project to show empathy and be aware of the feelings of those involved whether they be co-workers, clients, or other stakeholders. When workers are supportive and empathic to others, they help create a more positive environment that is more likely to succeed. As also noted by other authors, showing a high level of sensitivity is of utmost importance on a construction site. Those workers who are more sensitive to the needs of others can build better relationships with co-workers, ultimately improving job outcome.

17. Professionalism Skills

Employers welcome from their employees’ professional protocols and customs. The key aspect of important profession and operations is their contribution to business success. It sets the precedent for a professional attitude between the partners. Many persons can unpleasantly disagree with one another without jeopardizing their professional performance. Professionalism brings with it a number of resources. These advantages help to guarantee long-term success for the organization. A team of professionals who are devoted to their work will be able to concentrate their energy on collaborative success and growth. Teams benefit from a high level of production and efficient work processes. Building trades can become more successful in their careers as they expand social jobs in the niche sector.

Professionalism skills are essential for maintaining a workplace that is both productive and rewarding. Behavior and actions that exhibit professionalism help to build trust between peers and supervisors and offer clients the opportunity to respect your building, knowledge, and commitment to a job. In the construction trades profession, professionalism must reflect one of your goals and aspirations. You must reach out and grab at good behavior patterns whether you think they are achievable or not. You can achieve any goal that you think you can reach and your behavior with the people you support and the clients you meet. Yet, there are still times when the call of the workplace and the business environment can distract professionals from the importance of such ways of behaving and ethical interactions. It is important to remember to interact with all of your partners in the building industry. Employers are often looking for people who understand professionalism in the construction and other technical skilled occupations. You should always regard everyone you meet the way you wish to be treated.

17.1. Ethics and Integrity

Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. It goes beyond the minimum expectations of ethical behavior. Integrity is non-negotiable and mutually exclusive with all other core values. Employers value the team members most who make a point of practicing ethical behavior. When individual integrity intersects team integrity, mutual and individual trust are nurtured. To further instill ethical behavior and integrity, the industry must develop and establish standards of conduct that can help members hold each other accountable. Standards of conduct are critical towards the development of processes and outcomes that are aligned with the construction industry’s mission of the development of safe, code-worthy, sustainable, and high-performing built environments. For this reason, this value is the first in this project – because without it, all other values will falter.

Ethics and integrity are often confused. For the sake of this presentation, we describe ethics as the rules of conduct and the guidelines that an individual or group sets for itself. Ethical behavior is then defined as behavior that meets those rules and guidelines. Sometimes, individuals view ethical behavior as the least that may be expected of them, going so far as to define ethical behavior as “normal” and unethical behavior as somehow abnormal. Quite the opposite, unethical conduct has become “normal” in today’s society and requires change. The cost of unethical behavior is more than we care to acknowledge. It matters to our nation, our world, the quality of our products, and our well-being. It causes no less than the depletion of our resources and dignity.

17.2. Accountability

Accountability is a highly desirable characteristic in construction professionals and is viewed in terms of an individual being able to self-assess performance to a high level through reflection. Building a high level of accountability requires a high level of relationship building and communication. Encouraging scenario: students as individuals are responsible for performance but are comfortable with hiding some lack of skills. They are of the view that the individual toward whom the action or decision is directed is responsible for defining the degree of accountability required to ensure a high level of reflection both in terms of one’s own actions and in terms of the expectations and feedback regarding the performance from others. With troublesome behavior, a student who did not take on the role of project manager or site manager will not accept their culpability despite the team’s scolding, describing this student as “not interested and does not plan”.

In this research project, a comparative study of recently graduated and experienced construction professionals has been undertaken. The aim of the research is to develop strategies for the design of education, training, and further development strategies that will enhance the development of soft skills and their use in the construction industry. This chapter presents the methodology employed in this research. The Soft Skills Assessment Matrix tool employed to develop soft skills indicators and the construction professionals interviewed on their views on the curricula and education policies. Furthermore, the structure of the focus group sessions and the content of the scenarios are presented.

The importance of soft skills is at times underestimated as they are viewed as less tangible and more difficult to measure and control than hard skills. Nevertheless, developing and acquiring a comprehensive set of soft skills provides systemic societal benefit. It can therefore be argued that the development and use of soft skills are serious considerations in the creation of a sustainable construction industry.

17.3. Professional Appearance

Several studies mentioned safety as one of the essential skills that professionals should have. There are documents that show the state of occupational safety in the country, for the most part pointing out that serious accidents occur due to non-compliance with safety standards. Workers should wear the appropriate safety equipment for the activity, as this not only safeguards protective measures for themselves but is a safeguard for other workers. They are a guide for professionalism and presence, and there is also a guide for risk and danger. Equip – Have a leadership foundation; Be articulating with all possible means of communication. It is through the use of dialogue that we become enlightened by professionals in construction, and we make important decisions that we can apply throughout our lives, now as entrepreneurs or in any other professional area.

When dealing with customers, whether direct clients or potential investors, you must keep a professional appearance. This is imperative not only to establish credibility in the business you are running, but to gain the respect of these people. This professionalism is also reflected in the construction site, where workers must be correctly dressed and in accordance with safety and health standards. Workers must also have a representative behavior, since they are at all times the contact of professionals who go there, such as surveyors, engineers, architects, etc. They are, together with visits, the image of the company.

18. Presentation Skills

Toughness is often mistaken for strength, motivation, or dedication. The problem is that true toughness has so much to do with soft skills – skills successfully sidelined as irrelevant for a large portion of the construction sector. The industry is finally waking up, however, to the idea that as humans, we can tell ourselves what to do, but our emotions often have the final say. Not an easy trick to turn. This means that seeing the big picture seems like a job for our “soft side,” but successful project outcomes may wind up depending on it. Whether it is negotiating contracts, collaborating with the design team, or managing a workforce of cell phones equipped with hardhat-wearing personnel, construction project managers facing the expanding nature of their responsibilities find that roundtable negotiation skills are just the (possibly mute and always unflinching) tip of the emotional iceberg.

Presentation skills are a key requirement in many jobs, and project management is no exception. Being able to communicate information in person, often to people who are not experts in the field, is a key skill to learn. Communicating in this manner normally involves discussing a topic through the preparation of visual aids, such as PowerPoint slides, and physically delivering that information in the form of a formal presentation to an audience. In some instances, this will require responses to questions regarding the content of the presentation. Some projects may require weekly meetings, and in order for the project manager to command presence, great presentation skills are important.

18.1. Public Speaking

In conclusion, soft skills play a crucial role in the construction industry. Prioritizing on-site safety training and developing effective communication skills are key to success in this field.

2. Communication skills: Effective communication is vital for customer satisfaction. If a construction company promises to deliver a new dream home in three months but a worker arrives silently, without making eye contact, displaying poor body language, and not asking any questions or providing any explanations, it can lead to trouble. Poor internal communication skills can also be alarming, as they can result in mistakes, rework, and reluctance to address errors, which can ultimately lead to unhappy customers.

1. On-site health and safety training: Construction companies prioritize this skill because it is of utmost importance. Falling off a scaffold can result in weeks of work missed, damage to equipment or materials, and negative rumors about the company’s safety procedures.

So, what are the top soft skills that are essential for working in the construction industry? The following skills are considered the most important:

The importance of soft skills in the construction industry is constantly emphasized by employers and recruiters. These skills are behavioral abilities that enable individuals to work effectively with peers, managers, clients, and others. Soft skills are particularly crucial in the construction industry, which faces significant challenges in workforce recruitment. Developing strong soft skills can help build rapport with managers, administrators, and clients.

18.2. Visual Aids

Core skills to be competent in a construction role cover the necessity to survey and measure. There are benefits to teaching these skills in three-dimensional construction environments to enhance understanding of trigonometry and engineering concepts. Impacting students with required soft skills in interdisciplinary groups as part of an open access residential program through the design and build of a full-size building prototype is reported to enhance collaboration and teamwork, empathy, develop interpersonal skills, ideas generation and improve emotional intelligence. The construction recruitment process specifies jobs defining roles and responsibilities based on personality traits and soft skills based criteria. The effect of a summer program on student self-efficacy, project management, complex problem solving, initiative, design and presentation skills, cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, and, equally importantly, delegates also build confidence in the design and architectural profession.

According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB 2020), 268,000 new recruits are required to address a skills shortage in the UK construction industry, which is preventing its ability to grow. There are many apprenticeship schemes to provide the required technical expertise; however, these are often thwarted by a lack of soft skills in construction apprentices. Soft skills can be described as emotional intelligence (‘EQ’), employability traits such as presentation skills, punctuality and personal hygiene, or the ability to communicate in a variety of forms. Soft skills are complementary to, and are required to use hard skills. The importance of soft skills in the construction industry is not often recognized. We report the findings of a survey to identify soft skills and emotional intelligence relevant to construction institutions. Teaching methods are provided that reinforce and develop these soft skills in construction apprentices to improve their employability.

18.3. Engaging the Audience

As speakers, we should encourage the use of digests and note-taking apps as tools that cater to different learning types. This participation allows passive attendees to contribute and engage with the content that is being presented. For tweeters, be sure to include your Twitter handle or a customized hashtag. Participants can feel more involved if they see some of their tweets being acknowledged. For participants that prefer to wait to ask their questions, set aside “tech-light breaks” for those individuals. Remind the audience during these mini breaks to unwrap the plastic on their notebooks, click their pens, and be ready to jot down a question for the upcoming Q&A portions. By starting with and returning to the audience’s participation, it acknowledges that different learning types are also different engagement types.

Before trying to engage the participants, let’s take the time to understand the group. Even if you have the perfect opening line and the perfect icebreaker, if you do not take the time to know who you are trying to engage, they may not warm up to it. To start, try and find out about those who will be attending your session. Contact the meeting organizer for a list of names ahead of time. Never underestimate the power of a Google search for the people you will be addressing. Learn about the company, its leaders, and past events. You may even consider using social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with your audience. This is especially true for events that are publicized for their use of social media.

19. Customer Relationship Management Skills

Wisdom and knowledge management. One important requirement of an executive is to effectively manage the project’s critical knowledge, especially as a project progresses and faces issues previously resolved. An executive must also possess wisdom to match knowledge with situations and people. Information must be discussed and explained to stakeholders so there is clear understanding internally about what is wanted from them and that we understand their issues. As an executive, you will need to hold data from the NPS in team sessions to discuss the results of the promotion and professional relationship survey each quarter. Each team member should understand the team results and the area for potential growth. Be proactive in seeking feedback and both be open-minded and approachable in taking all feedback well, as the survey allows for anonymous responses. Promptly provide service reporting for incidents or for new business inquiries. Promptly provide service reporting for incidents. Create the appropriate AGIFS and tagging to escalate any issues with service or customer service.

19. Customer Relationship Management Skills. Managing projects in an executive capacity involves significant client interaction. The ability to communicate is essential for the purpose of creating new contacts and maintaining them with existing ones. This includes understanding client requirements, addressing their needs, promoting client satisfaction, and voicing client problems and experiences within the organization. As an executive, you will be expected to play a key role in maintaining and managing a long-term relationship with customers. Construction will be tense with customers asking questions and concerns about the completed outcome, employees responsible, quality of the work being done, or if there are any issues on site. Even though these questions and concerns have nothing to do with you, part of your role should be to acknowledge them and find an appropriate solution. It’s a show of excellent customer service and support to go on site to acknowledge complaints when the customer is present to express their concerns. This takes hard work and effort to deliver excellent customer service, and that’s what will make a successful executive and build a customer referral relationship because of it.

19.1. Building Rapport

Despite the client’s likely original confidence in you, maintain your level of enthusiasm as the conversation transitions. When talking about yourself, be timely, pertinent, and humble. To maintain communication, reveal a little about yourself and show a genuine interest in the client. Probe them on their lives, experiences, and interests.

Remember to ensure that you are aware of how you come across to the client. Smile, maintain a proper level of eye contact, and appear relaxed even if you are not. Once in the meeting, offer the client the best seat, even if there is only one poor place left for you. Do not put anything else, such as a heavy portfolio, between yourself and the client as it will create a barrier. As the conversation continues, the potential bond between client and provider slowly starts to be formed.

19.1.1. The process: The rapport stage needs to start with an appointment that is on the client’s terms. Punctuality should underpin ongoing dedication. Appropriate non-verbal communication should include body language and posture. You should aim to use first-person pronouns when speaking, as well as affirmatives, and ask open questions to encourage conversation without appearing intrusive. Also, express your full commitment to the project.

Some individuals take to it with relish, describing themselves as more salesman than designer. When recruiting, I have sought out similar people for sales and customer relationships, and more often than not, these people also have the right skills for working well with everyone else involved. The irony in the situation is that the level of rapport that comes naturally when discussing requirements with the client can leave them feeling very good. This is directly owing to the good negotiation skills laid out in standard publications, which hardly mention what may be the most important skill of all – an understanding of why it is important to build the strongest possible rapport with them.

For the whole of my time working in the construction industry, good social skills have been valued. But apart from good rapport with the client, there has been little interest regarding how such skills could be broken down into their component parts, and very little training in such things. Going through the required stages with the various other bodies involved in a project has been described as a necessary evil, but it has been necessary.

19.2. Anticipating Customer Needs

It is self-evident that understanding customers’ needs earns the loyalty of both the customer and customer’s own network of contacts, who can positively influence the construction company. Unfortunately, there are very few studies in the sector linking the relationship with the customer to the company’s performance. Based on data from 272 project managers and senior executive officers, show that projecting previous knowledge of errors, even when they are evident and detectable by the project assignor, leads to the cancellation of the project manager’s service benefits by making him the symbol of the remorse and frustration felt by the project assignor as the buyer. In contrast, willfully committed and control-based errors deter the recognition of their remedial value to the project assignor and, consequently, the remittance of the promised improvement benefits.

Although the customer focus among the Spanish construction sites in the study could not be considered high on its own, a good proportion of the managers interviewed, i.e. 36.4%, did know the aims set by their customers; 42.4% managed to take into account their needs, and finally, 42.4% could anticipate them at least partially. We agree that customer service is one of the core activities in the sector. Their results led them to suggest increasing specialized staff training not only on the technical management tasks, but also in commercial areas. Although the findings of the study are not fully comparable, as they examine a sample in Spain located in the white ball of five-year-old companies with 15 employees, while our study sample is located in the south of Portugal, a traditional family business with no more than 25 employees, we nevertheless detect somewhat more maturity in the construction companies in Spain, probably because of the different work conditions and a more regulated construction with different companies based closer in family management and proximity with the client.

19.3. Resolving Complaints

Engage the concrete crew and on other construction projects, such as concrete foundations or formwork, of how the complaint solutions resent summary and empathy have been suggested in this study. The solutions we found with other people may be slightly different, but we believe that our solutions were credible and well thought out. Making sense of solutions may take some empathy because some solutions that make sense to us initially, in practice, may have different drawbacks or benefits.

In the construction industry, complaints have to be addressed vigorously with everyone drawn in. The atmosphere around the construction site should be “let’s talk about it, let’s solve it issues here.” Talk smartly about the complaint, look for more sense-making ways to resolve it, patience, be respectful during the conversation, review all the whys, confront the issue, fix it, and always invite the feedback.

Construction workers take criticism in the negative yet not entirely. Sensitivity to complaints, however, cannot have a place in a critical construction site with time orientation. Complaints and the ability to resolve them are about the organization’s continuous improvement. The process requires time, patience, respect, and making “sense” of the most important thing known as work-life balance.

Effective communication skills are something construction workers need to have. This could be in the form of delegation, good listening skills, and the ability to get the whole team to talk – resolving complaints, problems, and requesting assistance. Let’s face it! Constructive criticism in business and just about anywhere is a service to clients, employees, organizations, and the industry.

20. Safety Awareness Skills

To approach the problem mentioned in this section, where consciousness is nothing but an important life skill that initiates accidents and health risks. In public, it includes an emergency plan and provides employees with crucial health and safety information, as well as basic hygiene knowledge. Companies can invest in a variety of security instruments, such as personal protective equipment. Despite their promise, tools and equipment can isolate employees from their workplace. This differs from examining the rate of security-related skills that should be developed to protect workers from dangerous stimuli, tools, materials, and equipment. Finally, employees cannot continue to perform at their best when overworked. This project is the cause of setbacks and decisions. Managers and supervisors must have emergency plans and processes to keep employees safe while staying productive. Such anecdotal reports illustrate the dimensions of the industry’s security challenges. Given the industry’s potential to reduce injuries through education, there is an immediate need to increase capacity in education and ongoing efforts to identify workplace risks and reduce unnecessary accidents and illnesses.

Lack of safety awareness is a key shortcoming of construction workers in India. According to the World Health Organization, India has a fatality rate three times the global average. Every year, close to 47,000 roofing workers in India die due to construction accidents. Furthermore, according to a study by the Directorate General, Fact-based Working Conditions, and National Safety Council, there are approximately 20,000 preventable accidents, including 500 deaths, among roofing workers in India. The study concludes that roofing workers are confidently aware of the dangers inherent in their profession, but at the same time, the work must be done. The fact that readings and rules are intended for other workers and are not applicable to them must also be taken into account. However, it cannot be discounted that this denial is a good strategy to enable stressful working conditions. This study provides valuable information about the effectiveness of this soft skill-based intervention in ensuring safety at the construction site.

20.1. Following Safety Protocols

Senior leadership and corporate staff (currently of 72 employees in and outside the office) have been, and always will be, accessible to all field personnel (from our newest laborer to the highest-ranking superintendent), with senior leadership having an open-door policy at our onsite construction trailers. Feelings in the field or long days are burdens will not keep personnel from calling to issue a drug-tested committee number signed by a doctor, which is indicated by our first-quarter statistics of this year. As an organization, we accomplished 1,106.5 consecutive days without a single OSHA recordable incident thanks to the watchful eyes and diligent work of our job site workers. In the first quarter of 2021, the project, which is in the inspection phase, had one minor somewhat avoidable incident. It was determined that when lateral stability was challenged on one side of the building as the ductwork was not properly load braced. After pondering the depth of the issue for a day, senior management geared up for an important conversation with the project team and then maintained a presence on-site throughout the day. We came away not having to declare lost-time injuries and also considered our internal reaction a success, bringing about an immediate and direct relationship with the idea of ensuring structural employees feel sufficiently helped even when we heard inconvenient truths related when.

In the construction industry, the number one priority is safety. The golden rule is “Safety first.” Our construction superintendents and site managers are easily recognizable, almost like a deer hunter in his favorite spot during the first week of the season, with their bright-colored gear and oh-so-stylish construction boots. In their orange reflective vests, green or bright blue pants, and hardhat to match. However, the true colors of a construction superintendent will show through in how they handle safety around a job and convey the importance of following safety protocols, which is by far the most important aspect of what is expected of the construction site personnel. Our staff must go home daily as if they walked through that door safely. It’s an impossible and thankless job, yet we constantly try to remind our employees through regular safety meetings that we adhere to the guidelines and never fail to encourage staff to follow them. The bottom line is that safety is a number one priority and try to at least make it through to the end of what is structural construction planning.

20.2. Identifying Hazards

Improperly trained workers can represent potential risks when performing their installation tasks because, in addition to being exposed to hazards related to the installation of piping and equipment, inadequate manual handling of the piping can trigger inadequate lifting and those hazards linked to walking paths. The reason is obvious. In a piping installation task, the worker needs to walk through different parts of the construction site to ensure that they are correctly positioned, so that incorrect posture, repetitive movements, and activities performed manually can cause musculoskeletal problems in the worker. To increase the importance of the study presented, it is reported that in the construction industry, other factors could also contribute to the health and wellness of individuals.

All activities performed by workers, either directly or indirectly associated with construction sites, have particular main hazards that the worker is exposed to in the absence of an intervention to reduce the risks. It is important to note that, within this concept, there are three levels of hazard identification, which are (i) general activity, (ii) specific activity, and (iii) specific hazard, where the last two levels are the most important for detailed and systematic risk assessment. It is extremely important to identify hazards at a general level in construction activities in order to ensure more specific analysis and, consequently, create a safe work environment.

20.3. Preventing Accidents

Teamwork is important in any work environment, but on a construction site, your fellow workers’ lives depend on everyone working well together. You must be able to work with others and you must also be willing to consider your team members as equals with valuable input. The ability to collaborate and take direction is crucial to the success of any construction project. It is also about being committed to developing our collective safety culture. Many employees shy away from asking questions or voicing concerns because they fear it will be interpreted as not knowing or as a sign of ignorance. When we take the time to ensure everyone is informed—especially the younger workers who might lack experience—we create a safer environment for ourselves and our fellow team members.

Soft skills are necessary for your own safety and the safety of those around you. The construction industry is known for having a high level of liability and often sees more injuries and deaths than necessary. Many of these accidents can be avoided by using common soft skills. This includes the ability to communicate. If someone is doing something that could be dangerous, do not hesitate to let them know. Operating a machine or performing a task on a construction site requires a high level of attention. When you become distracted by conversations or other activities, your focus shifts from the task at hand, creating unnecessary hazards. You must be able to communicate to ensure everyone’s safety.