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An opportunity for a Health & Safety Manager to work with a busy new build housing contractor within central Scotland

Contract Scotland has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Secretary to join our client, an established and professional Cost Consultancy, considered leaders in their field. This is a full time permanent opportunity and offers a competitive salary as well as the chance to work with a business who are employee focussed and drive excellence through continued learning and development of their workforce.

An Engineering Consultancy with a long-standing history within the Scottish transportation market is looking to recruit a Structural Revit Technician to join their team.

Are you looking for an immediate opportunity in Accounts Assistant role?

Contract Scotland are delighted to be working with a renowned tier 1 contractor who specialise in a range of different industries including; marine, defence, flood prevention, water and utilities, to name a few.

Are you looking to start a new career? One where you will have the opportunity to be an integral part of a growing, fast-paced team. Our client is looking for an individual with drive and enthusiasm towards kicking off a promising career path.

Have you a passion for excellent customer service? Do you enjoy a variety of fast-paced work?

Contract Scotland have been exclusively engaged as recruitment partner to a well known institute of Scottish sport to recruit an Energy Manager in the east of Scotland.

Contract Scotland are on the look-out for an experienced Planner for our client, one of the North of Scotland’s regional Civil Engineering Contractors. Due to their secure order book, they are looking to add to their permanent team who cover a large range of projects spanning the Infrastructure, Energy and Utilities sectors

Are you an Assistant Site Manager looking to join high volume housebuilding company who are constantly adding sites to their portfolio?

It’s great to see business grow and expand and this opportunity is with a company who have a keen eye on the future, want to be part of it? Read on…

A family owned large private housebuilder is looking for an Assistant Site Manager to join their team based in Perth.

An Edinburgh based Engineering Consultancy specialising in bespoke building structures is looking for a Structural Design Engineer to join their team.

Calling all Site Supervisors in the Aberdeenshire area! Do you have experience in managing planned or reactive maintenance works? Do you come from a trades background and looking for your next role or potentially the step up to supervisor?

We have been engaged by a reputable, dynamic cost consultancy who are looking for a senior quantity surveyor to join their team in Glasgow. This position comes with a significant opportunity for career progression as many of the senior staff have worked their way to management roles within the practice and they are a strong advocate of CPD.

Calling all experienced Site Managers in the Aberdeenshire area! Do you have experience in managing planned or reactive maintenance works? Do you come from a trades background and looking for your next managerial role?

Contract Scotland are pleased to bring to the market an opportunity for an experienced Estimator to take on a package of works for our client, a prominent civil engineering contractor in the water industry, in order for them to proceed with current workload and new tender wins

Our housing refurbishment and fit out client based in West Lothian is looking for an experienced Renewables Energy Manager.

Calling all Site Engineers in Peterhead looking for a 2-3 month contract!

A market-leading Engineering Consultancy is looking to further develop their Edinburgh based Geotechnical team following a spate of successful project awards.

One of Scotland’s larger housebuilders is looking to appoint a Logistics planner to work with the operational team to ensure a successful delivery from acquisition to handover stage.

Contract Scotland has an immediate opportunity for a professional customer service professional to join our Glasgow based client as an Internal Sales Person. This is a full time, permanent position offering a competitive salary and the chance to work with a friendly and established company who operate within the Construction Industry.

Are you a Site Manager immediately available for work from the beginning of June 2022? Contract Scotland is currently looking for a Site Manager to oversee a 6-week refurb project within Aberdeen.

We are working with a 5 star house builder to recruit a professional and customer focussed individual to join their New Build Sales Division, covering the West of Scotland. This is a full time, permanent opportunity offering excellent training and ongoing support as well as a competitive basic salary with a fantastic commission structure.

Are you an experienced Project Quantity Surveyor ready to take on diverse and challenging projects? Our client is one of the UK’s largest family-owned contractors, working on major schemes throughout Scotland.

Exciting opportunity for a Sub-Agent for one of Scotland’s leading civil engineering contractors.

Our client is going through a sustained period of growth and have secured numerous project wins. They are looking to extend their commercial team and are seeking an experienced Quantity Surveyor for a new 2 year project based in Stirling. Operating predominately within roads, surfacing, and groundworks packages, our client has a long-standing reputation within the market.

A respected Property and Project Management Consultancy is looking to recruit a Building Surveyor to join their tight-knit team based in Glasgow. Owing to the increase in workload, the client are willing to look at permanent candidates or freelance candidates.

Contract Scotland is looking for an Administrator to join our client based in Paisley. This is a full time, temporary position which will last around 4 months however, permanent opportunities could become available for the successful person.

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How to tell your boss you’re unhappy & how to
Manage difficult conversations at work

We spend a lot of our time at work, so it’s important that we feel happy when we are there. So, if for whatever reason you are feeling unhappy at work, it’s essential that those issues are resolved. It could be that you aren’t getting on with somebody on your team or you feel the workload isn’t being distributed fairly?

You could even have an issue with your boss, which can make for a particularly awkward working environment. Whatever the problem may be, it’s important that you speak up. Otherwise, it could go unresolved indefinitely.

But how do you tell your boss that you’re unhappy at work? Approaching the topic of being unhappy at work can feel
particularly awkward and uncomfortable, but a constructive conversation will allow you to offload what it is that’s bothering you and arrive at a solution that both parties are satisfied with.

Top tips when you have difficult conversations at work

Write Everything Down

Before you engage in a formal conversation with your manager, it’s a good idea to write everything down. As well as acting as a personal outlet to air anything that’s bothering you, writing things down will also help rationalise & identify what the real issues are. Whilst your thoughts are running away with themselves, it can be easy to blow things out of proportion and get overly worked-up or anxious.

Think About What You’re Going To Say

Ahead of your meeting with your manager, try to make a plan of everything you want to say, and for each point you want to make, it’s worth coming up with a solution. This demonstrates to your manager that you are being proactive and that you’re keen to resolve the issues at hand, which will likely make them much more receptive during the meeting.

If the issues you are experiencing are related to something bigger – a company policy, perhaps – then you could look to make some suggestions on how things could be improved. Although your manager is unlikely to take anything too personally, coming up with resolutions may make the meeting feel productive, as opposed to negative.

Schedule A Meeting

Once you feel happy that you’ve planned out everything you intend to say, invite your manager to a meeting to discuss things.  At this point, you may have already mentioned to your manager that you’d like to grab them for a chat. If not, this is your opportunity to provide some context.

In order for both parties to go into the meeting with a positive outlook, it’s essential that you word things carefully. Try to avoid words like ‘problems’ and ‘issues’, and instead, explain that you’re keen to discuss improved ways of working on the team.

Body Language Speaks Volumes

This meeting presents the perfect opportunity to get everything off your chest and begin to move forward, but even if the things that are bothering you are making you feel angry or upset, it’s important to remain composed and to control your
body language.

Simple things like sitting up straight, maintaining eye contact and frequently nodding are all signs that you’re behaving
in a professional way and that you’re taking everything on-board. Allow your manager to speak without interrupting them, acknowledge what they have to say and then take your opportunity to come back with anything you’d like to add.

At the end of the meeting, it’s a great idea to close things off with a firm handshake to thank your manager for their time. This will show to your manager that you are appreciative of their cooperation and you are confident that positive changes will be made.

Keep Things As Positive as Possible

Raising issues can inadvertently create a negative atmosphere, which is then hard to escape. So, after each thing you say,
make a conscious effort to counteract with something positive. Now’s your chance to propose any potential solutions that you may have already thought of. Your manager is sure to appreciate your determination to make positive changes.

Ask For Help

Depending on the nature of the issues you are experiencing, it’s possible that you’re stuck for solutions. If this is the case, be sure to ask for help. Explain to your manager that you aren’t entirely sure how to move on from the situation or what you can do to make things better. Your manager will be keen to help resolve any issues.

Unhappy staff members tend to be less productive than those that are content, so your happiness is important on both a
personal and professional level.

Move Forward With a Positive Outlook

And finally, after your meeting, make it your priority to move forward with a positive outlook. Maintain faith that things will improve and trust that the processes yourself and your manager have outlined will resolve the issues. If further meetings are required to kickstart any changes that need to be made, schedule them and send invites. Raising the issues you have been experiencing was the right thing to do, and now it’s time to implement positive change to make things better.