Motivation is the key factor for generating higher production levels. A motivated workforce influences operational efficiency, especially in production-intensive industries like construction. The construction industry is fundamentally labor dependent, it’s essential to keep your team well-managed as well as maintain high levels of employee motivation.
Listed below are 5 of the most effective ways a construction company can motivate and manage its workers.
The most common form of employee motivation is appreciation and recognition. It’s a natural human need to be recognized and feel valued. Appreciation doesn’t always have to be in the form of monetary rewards or raises. It can be something as simple as saying ‘Good Job’ or ‘Well done’ whenever a worker has produced quality work or put in some extra effort.
Such acknowledgment accounts for intrinsic motivation which leaves a greater impact on the worker than other motivational factors. Another way of recognizing hardworking staff members is by naming employee of the month or employee of the day. This not only encourages the worker to keep doing better but also creates a healthy workplace competition.
Even though monetary rewards aren’t the only form of praising an employee, they are effective ones. Bonuses and raises act as a strong motivational tool, especially if the worker has worked extra hours or done additional jobs. Apart from bonuses, rewards can also be in the form of gifts, vouchers or a company-organized day out. In general, it can be anything that shows the workers that their employers notice their hard work and their efforts never go unnoticed.
Simply recognizing and rewarding employees is never enough to ensure a fully motivated workforce. Employees expect their employers to be concerned of their well-being and value them as an important part of the organization. This can be done by being respectful towards your workers and showing them your concern in significant personal events like birth of a child or demise of a family member.
It is impractical to expect your staff to know exactly what their tasks and goals are when you hire them. Everyone needs to know what exactly is expected of them. Employers must set smart and achievable goals for the workers and clearly brief them about them. The best approach is to discuss these goals with the employee beforehand. This would promote ownership in the worker towards an assigned task. However, if goals aren’t clearly defined, it results in poor performance and hence substandard production.
TAKE CARE OF THE NEW GUY
Let’s face it, the numbers on new people entering the construction profession aren’t as good as anyone would like. There is a labor shortage, we need good skilled people. It can be rough starting a new profession, how a younger person experiences their first weeks on the job will influence their decision to make construction a career or not. Don’t tolerate any hazing new people, instead give them the support they need to learn how to thrive in construction.