Construction is a tough industry, especially in cold winter conditions. Construction workers face gruelling days lifting heavy materials, operating machinery and braving icy winds. It can be challenging to motivate employees and encourage them to improve their skillset. However, construction can also be a fantastic opportunity to escape the office work-life and embrace a rewarding career.
You can focus on building something every day and watch the progress move along. Construction can be taxing on your mind and body – but it’s also a fun and rewarding job.
Here are a few ways you can motivate your construction team.
Allocate earned safety awards
Health and safety is a vital part of every construction site. Your team should be thoroughly trained in how to use PPE for every task and machine. Safety standards can start to slip when employees are tired and unmotivated. Keep site morale up, and start a reward system. Allocate awards to those who have followed regulations consistently and looked out for the safety of others.
Communication can keep you and your team on track and safe. You need to communicate when there are delays with materials and processes. Delays can be frustrating for everyone on site, especially when they put you behind schedule. Keep the lines of communication open, so your team can voice any queries they have.
Get to know your employees
It’s far more enjoyable to work with a team you know and respect. Ask your team about themselves and start a conversation. You can get to know your employees while working together.
Make an effort
Construction can be hard work. Bring them hot coffee and snacks from time to time, so they feel cared for. It’s important to recognise their hard work and make each individual feel like a valued member of the team. You could also bring a Milwaukee radio for them to listen to music all day long.
Provide regular praise
Praise your team when they have done a task well, and give them feedback so they can improve. Consistent praise and recognition will boost team morale and encourage them to keep working hard.
Hold one to ones
You need to talk with your employees on a one to one basis. Hold one to one meetings and chat about their progress so far. You might find that your employees want to divulge into a different speciality, like joinery or plumbing. You could give them the opportunity to expand their skill set and broaden the services your business offers. Construction is only one part of the puzzle. You need contacts in the industry to handle the rest of the building process, like electricians and interior designers.
Boost your team’s performance with these simple tips.