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Differences between men and women

April 7, 2010

After a conversation with one of my woman contractors last week I can tell you there is a world of difference between men and women – especially when it comes to home repairs.  As she was bringing in her tarp to cover the floor where she was doing drilling and caulking the male contractor working with her asked her why she was covering the floor. When she explained it was to keep the customer from having a mess, he responded “Oh, I let them clean up their own mess.” Yikes. He also thought it was odd when she asked him to pick up the trash and put it in the back of the truck to take with them.  “Huh, I usually let them throw away the trash.” Right. And finally, they were both making multiple trips to the trucks for tools – but she, thinking ahead, was taking out tools no longer needed when she went to get something different.  He, on the other hand, was not. At the end of the job he had a huge load of tools to carry and she walked out with only a bucket full. I think this story proves that men and women think differently. He could have done what she did, he just didn’t. It’s the small things that add up to happy, satisfied customers.

  1. April 7, 2010 5:36 pm

    Hey, Jo Ellen…..we know women and men do things differently. And, while I love men – don’t get me wrong…..I do think that women pay attention to the details you mentioned.

    After all of the work we’ve had done on our house in the past…I can assure you that cleanup was not a priority.

    Thanks for paying attention to the details. And, an even bigger thanks for being WomanTalk Live’s Women’s DIY Expert. YOU ROCK, sister!


    • April 8, 2010 2:42 pm

      Ann – your statement about cleanup is very true. When we are in our own home doing projects the cleanup doesn’t count. (You should see mine – yikes). It’s when you pay someone to work in your house and they leave behind a mess. Then it counts – big time! I am so excited about being part of WomanTalk Live – You are the one who ROCKS. You bring such important and timely information to women. Thanks for being part of MY community now. TBTG

  2. Cat permalink
    July 4, 2010 7:34 pm

    Dear Jo Ellen,
    I have been a carpenter for 22 years starting in 1986 when it was still pretty hard to get in as a woman. I have worked in both residential and commercial construction with a lot of different guys and a few women and I would have to say that more than half of the guys I worked with were really neat and clean (except for the electricians of course,) and my first foreman Tommy certainly taught me to never go anywhere empty handed. Most were good at listening to the clients as well. The ratio for the women was about the same. There are plenty of guys who are good listeners and don’t mind sharing the creative limelight with their clients and plenty of pigheaded women. I think it is more important to keep looking until you find the right person to work with instead of making it all about gender. I was really lucky on my first couple of crews just to be treated like a person with skills and I’d like to keep that vibe going. I am happy that it is getting easier for women to experience equality in the work place and to do whatever jobs they want, but I would rather not get there by putting the other half down. I always acted like the gender difference didn’t exist and I found that if I acted that way, so did everybody else (for the most part.) Still, I’m glad to see you out there fighting the good fight for us all and our daughters to come.

    • July 4, 2010 9:44 pm

      Cat – thanks for your comments. It is not all about gender by any means. I did not mean that in any way. I wrote about a funny situation at the time – nothing else – really. I employ subcontractors of both genders. I love them all. You are so correct that it is all about the person – not the gender. It took me a long time to find people I could work with that would share my passion for treating the customer a specific way. I place special emphasis on the details of the project and being respectful of the customers home and property. It is cool that you started so long ago in the field. I am glad that you have not had to face gender issues as you have grown in the field. You must be one very special lady. I am glad you wrote and hope to hear from you again.

  3. Lisa Bell permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:33 pm

    The little things do mean a lot. Clean up is important it should be part of doing the job right. Just my thoughts.

    • September 8, 2010 12:42 pm

      Lisa – more and more I am having customers tell me that clean up is part of doing the job 100%. It is now one of my major stress points for a complete job. No one on my crew is allowed to leave a mess. In fact, we strive to leave the place so clean you can’t tell we were there except that the job is completed.

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