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We’ve been inspired to drum up 20 songs that, in one way or another, combine aspects of the construction industry with all of life's ups and downs. As the Boss says,
"Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop/
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway...'
Working long hours to complete a construction project on time and within budget keeps us up at night construction industry.
Here are our top 20 favorite construction songs, plus other favorites that construction professionals have shared, to help keep you going.
A while back, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger sang about removing danger by adding unity to the world. The song itself isn’t really about construction, but we can definitely relate to dangerous situations in the industry and efforts to hammer those hazards out in one way or another. Considering construction is full of hazards, there is an easier way to keep track of certifications and safety requirements. By using a digital solution where data (including certification information) is updated in real time, construction human resources teams can easily access safety and training records. Also, daily safety huddles can be recorded and referenced if needed.
Alan Jackson sings openly about the hard work that a construction worker may endure. Jackson also insinuates that rigid work comes with a low price: low or "average" pay in the industry. This is a stigma that does exist among those entering the job force and a factor that has been contributing to the construction labor shortage. However, there are ways to overcome the labor shortage—by showcasing growth opportunities, benefits and modern technology. Viewpoint's Construction Labor Shortage Toolkit provides tips and tricks on how to beat the labor shortage and overcome stereotypes that exist in the industry.
This construction song begs the question: how are cities actually built? There is a long, accurate answer to this question including how urban civilization began. We know the process definitely took more time than the evolution of rock and roll music — not that music didn't help along the way. Building any structure typically involves many people, a lot of time, money and skill. Staying on target can be problematic especially with outdated systems. Sometimes, it can be hard to choose the right system to master your next project — whether it's building a bridge, building or an entire city. When considering project management software, you should ask ten specific construction project management questions to make sure you are getting the most bang for your project.
From bluegrass groups to jam bands, country to alternative rock, we’ve got 17 more songs that discuss our ever changing industry. When you’re ready to get back to business, Viewpoint is your go-to solution for integrated construction software to help your organization overcome many of these common construction challenges.
We would love to show you how construction management software can help streamline your organization—making working on highways, building cities, bridges and everything in between a bit easier.
Can you think of any additional songs about construction to add to our list? Let us know on our LinkedIn page!