Good construction leadership knows how to keep their team motivated. Leaders need to encourage their team to keep surpassing the minimum to deliver great results. Whether you already have established a construction career and want to improve your team’s motivation or are looking to enter construction leadership, always keep the following tips in mind.
Have Clear Expectations for your Construction Team
Start by having clear expectations and communicating them to your team clearly. If your construction team doesn’t know what you want from them, it becomes nearly impossible for them to achieve it. Savvy leaders never assume that their employees know what’s required—they tell them.
For the best results and maximum motivation, include both team goals and individual goals. Start by assigning specific tasks to each person on the construction site and go from there.
Make Sure You Understand Before You Explain
As a construction executive or manager, you should be more than familiar with the main goals and projects of your team. Take this a step further and truly ensure that you know all of the details before you start to explain it to your team. This will help you explain it to them in terms that are relevant to them.
Share the Big Picture with Your Team
Remember that employees tend to be much more motivated if they know their efforts will have a significant result. So, let them know how important their contributions are to the project.
This not only helps with motivation but also involves an element of transparency. That transparency reassures your team, encouraging them to work harder. It essentially lets the construction team know that they are appreciated.
Don’t Be Stingy with Recognition or Praise
You already know that you need to give your team clear expectations to keep them motivated, but this is only part of the battle. Once they achieve their goals, recognize that and praise them for their efforts.
At the very least, thank them for a job well done. Take it a step further and recognize team members who go above and beyond in team meetings. You can also consider rewards such as buying your team a drink or meal once a week or after reaching significant goals.
Be Engaged and Approachable
Hopefully, you understand the importance of communication in construction leadership, as this also plays a role in motivation. After all, you need to be able to communicate all of the above points with them. How will you praise them if you don’t talk to them? Or how will you give them clear expectations for their projects, or let them know how their task fits into the bigger construction project? All of these things require you to be engaged and approachable to benefit the construction team, as well as yourself.
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