Originally Posted by zeehag
and , then, humor works, also.....
I worked in construction for almost four decades. I was often a foreman (woman).
My first time was really tough. But I learned quickly. In time I realized never to take to heart anything the guys said. They are constantly jabbing one another and laughing while they do it. Take them seriously and they pounce like a lion. You have to be able to take it as well as give it. When I did, I gained their respect.
I knew I arrived when I was at the union hall one day looking for work. There was a big guy there who had once worked for me. No one messed with him. When it was his turn to pick a job he said, "I'm waiting to see what job Julie is going to run. I want to work for her again." That was "WOW!" moment for me.