How to Get Better Productivity From Your Team

//How to Get Better Productivity From Your Team

How to Get Better Productivity From Your Team

The productivity of your firm is directly connected to the good leadership that you provide to your team. It’s important to learn what leadership styles are most conducive to productivity, and what styles should be avoided. As construction recruiters, we work with successful construction firms every day that provide exceptional leadership. Through many years of experience, we have seen what it takes to improve a firm’s productivity and efficiency through good leadership.

What Doesn’t Work

First, let’s start by defining what doesn’t work when you’re trying to improve productivity. Here are a few mistakes that keep teams from being as effective as they could be.

  • Leaders who are too focused on reactive measures rather than staying proactive. You might not be able to prevent all bad things from occurring, but you can assume a forward-thinking position that helps stay ahead of the curve.
  • Managers who are overly optimistic or pessimistic. You need to establish a healthy balance in order to boost employee morale and make the best decisions for your team.
  • Micromanaging your team. You want to maintain a firm control over your team, yet you need to let them know that you trust them.

Here is a checklist of the leadership qualities and styles that will help spark productivity from your team:

1. Authenticity

Authentic leadership includes being honest and transparent. Behaving in a fake manner is both mentally and physically exhausting, and your employees will eventually feel the lack of integrity. Leading in a way that is true to your core values and beliefs will encourage your employees to be more productive.

2. Leading by Example

Concentrate on setting a good example for the members of your team. Practicing good time management skills will transfer to the rest of your firm. Show them that you are dedicated to completing the projects that matter the most first. Outline all of the key goals for your construction estimators, project managers, and superintendents to keep them on task.

3. Admit Mistakes

Don’t be afraid to accept responsibility and admit when you’re wrong. Passing the blame onto your employees will lead to reduced morale and higher turnover.

4. Give Credit Where It’s Due

Take the time to recognize your employees for their growth and achievements. In our organization, we believe in lifting each other up through collaboration and encouragement. Don’t be that leader that takes credit for all of the success of your organization. Rather, motivate your team to achieve their goals through positive reinforcement.

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By | 2019-07-24T15:07:46-04:00 August 1st, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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