5 Critical Ways to Support Your Construction Staff and Create a Positive Environment
It is no secret that progress on a job site moves a little more fluidly and efficiently when the workers are in good spirits. Encouragement and positive reinforcement bond the workers to create comradery between the group. As a result, the team feels respected and more inclined to get tasks done in a safe and timely manner.
As an owner, boss, or manager, there are certain things you can specifically do to promote this type of positive work environment:
1: Encourage Safety Over Speed
We’ve seen it all too many times on a job site. The worker is doing something dangerous because they feel they need to hurry to complete a task. Encouraging speed over safety can be a slippery slope as it can lead to fines, injuries, and even death.
By reassuring your employees of safety regulations, they feel you view their livelihood as more important than the result—thus, feeling respected.
2: Support Mental Health
Promoting a healthy work-life balance can be a big issue for construction workers. The physical toll construction can have on their bodies is sometimes enough to affect their overall mental health, which can drive them to substance abuse. Encouraging a healthy sleep schedule and providing pertinent information on the subject can gently nudge them in the right direction.
3: Compensation & Benefits
The biggest and most obvious way to encourage higher work morale is to make sure your worker’s compensation is fair. Offer roads to raises and promotions to encourage growth. Properly adjust your worker’s pay in correspondence with inflation. Despite the potentially long hours worked, employees are still having a difficult time supporting themselves and their families due to increasing inflation rates.
4: Offer Career Opportunities
By offering a road to career growth, you are encouraging your team to grow with your company. It also increases your employee retention rate as your workers see room to advance in their careers. Stagnant jobs only discourage workers for they don’t see any opportunities to better themselves.
5: Give Them the Tools They Need
Speak with the Foremen or Journeymen (or their equivalents) to see what tools will be required for the job. Any professional construction company should not have a BYOT (bring your own tools) policy as that can open you up to numerous problems. Provide the necessary tools for success to see efficiency rise.
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