Please help. My husband works in construction and has been for 20+ years. He worked as a construction manager for a very small company last year where the owner was a terrible human being and completely tarnished his perception of that role though other companies would be bette. Physically working as the contractor daily basis wreaks havoc on his body; he’s 6’4” and 300 lbs. He says he’d rather be in physical pain than mental pain. Any ideas how to encourage him to try it again/another job?

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Potentially try to introduce him to or show him construction companies that are known for their good benefits or positive wlb? If he had better benefits to take care of his body after working so hard it would be better I think. It can be easy to get discouraged, but it sounds like he has a really supportive and caring person in his corner. Don't give up!

I appreciate your words, ☺️. I’ve talked him about that and how much more money he’ll have; the PTO and paid holidays you’d think would be great motivation. But he’s so certain that he’ll be miserable, he doesn’t seem to be willing to consider it.

Sadly, I’m in between jobs atm and graduate student so I’m not adding much financial help (outside of instacarting), and the cc’s are stressing me out quite a bit. That doesn’t even seem to cause him to rethink about that role; very frustrating.

That being said, if you know of an environmental role open in Houston/The Woodlands area, especially one in wastewater or environmental sustainability, please keep me in mind.

This sounds so much like my father it hurts! Even when he eventually became the owner of his own company, he still insisted on working on the ground every day and he really paid for it with his body. Thank goodness he finally retired. Unfortunately I can't offer much more than my empathy: if he's anythign like my dad, he's hard-headed and won't do anything until he's decided to do it. All you can do is keep expressing how much of a hardship this is on you, your mental health, and his body, and hope he eventually agrees enough to try something different.

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