When you are in business for a long time, you go through good and bad times. When you go through bad times, you learn to control costs, satisfy customers better, satisfy employees better and become more transparent. Therefore, you build character in the company.
Here’s what you do to make your employees feel important.
Respect and Treat Employees as Individuals
The one thing that construction management should know is that respect is a two way street. When managers respect their employees, the employees will treat them with the same respect. While managers may view respect as simple, it can be a powerful motivator when propelled in the right direction. When construction employees feel genuine respect from their managers, they will likely go an extra mile in helping the company to succeed.
Open Up Communication Channels
Some managers are known to lock themselves in their offices, and to make matters worse, they use their assistants to handle the day-to-day conversations with employees. At the same time, managers put up “virtual walls” effectively creating separation between them and the employees. Having such a habit in any construction business can lead to its downfall. It is important to open up communication channels, as this will allow you as the manager to gain further insight into your business.
Offer Training Opportunities
Research shows that majority of employees leave a company due to lack of development opportunities. Providing training opportunities to your employees will not only improve their morale and employee satisfaction, but also increase the likelihood of them staying with your company for a long period of time. Start by partnering seasoned employees with new ones.
Conduct Team Building Exercises
Any business that does not encourage teamwork is bound to fail. Teamwork is one of the best ways of increasing productivity in the workplace. This is due to the fact that there are generally greater levels of input and more ideas as a result of working together.
Break the Monotony
The one thing that reduces an employee’s morale is working on the same mundane tasks, each and every day, over an extended period of time. Although managers assign employees tasks that they are competent in, it is wise to limit the monotonous work by rotating your employees for example.
Provide the Right Equipment
For any construction business, it is important to ensure the right equipment is available and that the equipment is safe to operate. A situation may rise where a machine requires repair, but the tools needed to complete the repairs are not available, or worse, the employee attempts to use the broken machine to maintain schedule. By ensuring the right equipment is available and properly maintained, employees will be able to perform their jobs safely and effectively.
Always Provide Meaningful Feedback
What many construction employers fail to realize is that feedback forms the foundation of any growing construction business. It offers the ability to provide regular, helpful responses to the employees in a manner that helps to encourage, rather than discourage them. Feedback should also be framed in a positive and constructive manner, so the employee can understand specific areas where they can improve.
As a manager, you have the role of leading and supervising your employees. When you take it upon yourself to always complete every single task, it takes away the power and ability from your employees. In order to expand your managerial control, it is wise to delegate tasks to your employees. This will offer them growth opportunities, and it will demonstrate your trust in them to complete the job correctly as well as increasing their ownership of the task.