Open lines of communication are the hallmark of every relationship. But when it comes to managing a work crew, it’s even more important to be an effective communicator. You need to inform your crew of timelines, deadlines, and expectations. Create an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing matters with you as opposed to dreading it. Keep in mind that being a good communicator also means being a good listener. Barking orders doesn’t work, especially on a construction site. Instead of brushing them off and abusing your position, listen with an open mind. If this means not meeting a deadline, then that’s just something you’ll have work through. Your team is an extension of you, so if you lack communication skills and empathy, they will too.
Set a High Standard
As in any industry, there are standards in construction. You need to set a high standard from the beginning of what’s expected from your crew. You should focus on how they should behave, the work attire they need to wear and the safety standards that have to be met. Fewer accidents mean a more efficient workplace, so it’s important that employees wear personal protective equipment and follow all safety guidelines. Let your crew know that while your standards may seem rigid, they’re in effect for a reason. While some may scoff and not follow the rules, most employees appreciate knowing what’s expected of them.
Reward Your Employees
Employees who give it their all deserve recognition. Reward your employees for a job well done with in-house lunches, extra vacation days and bonuses. Just like you, your employees want to know that you appreciate the work they do. Not recognizing their achievements will leave them feeling underappreciated and demotivated. You can go one step further and ask your crew what’s most important to them. Some may want more paid days off, while others want help with health care benefits. The key to keeping your crew happy is personalizing any rewards you give to them.
Running a construction crew takes dedication, patience and planning with a purpose. Take the necessary steps now, and you’ll see an increase in productivity in the future.
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