The Construction Worker's Social Experience: Age and Position

Bassam Ramadan, Hala Nassereddine, Timothy R.B. Taylor, Paul Goodrum

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The construction industry does not have a great reputation for its workplace compared to other industries. A tolerant workplace has positive impacts on employee productivity. While existing research has analyzed the cultural and social experiences of construction workers across gender lines, no research has analyzed such experiences based on age or role. The purpose of this paper is to compare the construction workforce's attitudes to social and cultural issues across different age groups, and whether they have a supervisory role. In this study, we surveyed 2,740 construction workers across the US using an online questionnaire. The survey participants were asked to rate statements adopted from the General Social Survey on how they feel on a Likert scale ranging from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree" regarding five specific issues. Key findings show that younger workers and non-supervisors have a statistically significant worse experience compared to their colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and Safety, Workforce, and Education
EditorsJennifer S. Shane, Katherine M. Madson, Yunjeong Mo, Cristina Poleacovschi, Roy E. Sturgill
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784485293
StatePublished - 2024
EventConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024 - Des Moines, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2024Mar 23 2024

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024


ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDes Moines

Bibliographical note

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  • Age
  • Construction Industry
  • Culture
  • Derogatory Comments
  • General Social Survey
  • Productive
  • Reliable Coworkers
  • Respect
  • Supervisors
  • Treated Unprofessionally

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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