Bristan research shows that 54% of installers describe themselves as a sole trader, with the majority working within a 20-mile radius of their area. This can mean long working weeks, spent alone in the same environment, day in and day out.
It can be hard to stay motivated when working alone, especially when shouldering the sole responsibility for a company’s success or failure. This work pattern can take its toll and often blur the boundaries between work and home life.
Joining a community of like-minded people can really help to mitigate these feelings of loneliness and stress, and here’s why.
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking to people who are facing similar challenges, can have a positive impact on your ability to cope with work-related stress. That’s why we launched our new community for installers. The Bristan On Tap installer community aims to give plumbers, installers and engineers an opportunity to feel part of something special; a place where they can communicate with other tradespeople and our team of experts.
Being kept in the loop of new information also helps us all to feel more included. Our exclusive community will give installers the chance to be the first to trial new products, receive tips and advice as well as be kept informed of industry news and developments.
Many plumbers tell us that in this trade, like many, you never stop learning. Being part of a community can help you tap into a wealth of knowledge that you can then apply to your own business or services. Someone might recommend a new product or a new way to tackle a problem that you hadn’t thought of, helping you to continually grow your skill base.
This exposure to new skills and know-how from your fellow plumbers can help you to want more from yourself, making you feel more motivated to achieve your goals or simply get the job done. Sharing knowledge pushes you to become better at what you do, while driving you at the same time to contribute with your own thoughts and expertise.
There have been numerous studies that highlight the importance of feeling recognised at work. When we feel valued, we perform better and are inspired to support others around us. Recognition is a powerful motivator and sharing your knowledge or insight within a community will help to give your talent exposure. Helping others can also help you build your reputation, which in business is a valuable asset to have.
Joining a trade group online is a quick and easy way to connect with other plumbers or installers. Trade specific social media groups provide an ideal opportunity to share knowledge, tips and advice and have a laugh at the same time.
To find out more about our Bristan On Tap installer community and where you can sign up, visit On Tap.