Why You Should Never Cut Corners

In life and in business, hard, quality work is second to none. You should always commit to projects you undertake with 100% focus and dedication in order to deliver the best work possible, and construction is absolutely no exception to this rule. Many construction firms prioritize profits over product, and cut construction costs in order to make money, regardless of consequence. To the same point, these construction firms are often ones that fail once someone discovers that they’ve been doing shoddy work. No matter how much money you may save or how much easier you may make the project, you should never cut corners when it comes to construction; here are just a few of the reasons why.

  • It can damage your reputation.

If you’re using shoddy materials or cutting corners on construction, it’s likely that someone will find out at some point, and bad reviews spread like wildfire on the internet. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, illustrated this point perfectly when he said, “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell six friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” This holds especially true in a world where everything is online, and unsatisfied customers waste no moment airing their grievances about businesses whom they feel have wronged them. So be cognizant of the fact that cutting costs even one time could end up in front of thousands of potential customers you just lost.

  • It can cost you lots of money in the future.

If somehow some negligence in your is discovered and someone is injured as a result, you’ve put yourself in a very vulnerable situation for a lawsuit.  

  • It could put your workers at risk for injury or death.

In fiscal year (FY) 2015, there were 11 on-site construction worker fatalities in New York City alone, which is 83% more than in FY 2014 and 120% more than FY 2013, which raises a number of red flags. Further research produced data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that showed that 75% of the construction site deaths in 2014 and 72% of construction site fatalities in 2012 and 2013 were nonunion worksites who were repeatedly ignoring safety warnings given by City inspectors. There should never be a time when you’re in noncompliance with safety rules and regulations on the jobsite, because your workers are your best assets and you need to keep them safe no matter how much it cuts into your profit margins.

  • It could inevitably cost you your business.

Between the damage done to your brand, any injuries that may have occurred, and any lawsuits or settlements your business has had to handle, there’s a very good chance that you’ll become yet another of the construction companies that failed due to negligence and disregard. You’ve worked so hard to build your company and your brand, do you really want to risk it all and your future to save a couple of bucks?