Improving Engagement Can Increase Productivity and Retention

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Improving Engagement Can Increase Productivity and Retention

If you want productive construction talent who will stay with you for the long-term, you need to ensure they are engaged with their work and the company. Employees that are engaged have more job satisfaction and are less likely to quit. It used to be common for people to stay with the same company for thirty years. Now it’s hard to keep talent in the same spot for five. Here are four ways you can increase engagement and, in turn, retention.

Recognize Their Accomplishments

Skilled employees certainly want to be compensated fairly, yet what really improves employee retention is recognition. Employees want to know that the work they do contributes to the company’s overall success. They want to feel like they’re making a difference. They won’t be engaged if they feel like the work they do is meaningless. You need to give them consistent praise and encouragement. Show them that you value them and give them a clear understanding about how their work contributes to the firm’s overall objectives. You also want to recognize positive habits and characteristics that your employees have. This will build their confidence and encourage them to continue expressing those traits.

Help Them Set Attainable Goals

Achieving goals keeps people motivated. While this may seem like common sense, it is important to realize that not everyone knows how to set attainable goals. Many construction professionals are thinking about long-term career objectives. Help them set realistic goals and do your part to help them achieve those goals. It’s important to avoid setting goals that are overly ambitious to avoid disappointed. Employees need to feel their potential for career advancement and success. This is one of the best ways to promote employment longevity.

Provide Effective Tools

People in the construction industry value their equipment. Having the right technology will allow employees to be more productive. Making sure your firm is providing the right tools your project managers and estimators need to work efficiently is critical. Be sure to ask them what they need to perform at their best. While some gadgets might be expensive, it is worth it if the technology increases productivity. The increased job satisfaction is an added bonus.

Offer Flexibility

Employees respond positively to flexibility in the workplace. Self-motivation is generally a more powerful tool than external prodding. Most employees want to do their best, so if you give them a task and free reign to do the task on their terms, they will perform the task in a timely manner. More companies are allowing a flexible schedule or allowing remote work on certain days. People enjoy having a sense of control and this sense of autonomy will keep them satisfied longer. Also, being flexible when employees need time off for an appointment or unexpected events is essential.

In today’s market, it’s challenging to keep talented employees in your firm. Younger generations are more open to change and will risk their job security to find more satisfaction. The best thing you can do is listen to your employees, understand their needs, and try to accommodate them while also meeting the firm’s goals.

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By | 2019-07-23T11:12:00-04:00 July 25th, 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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