Understandably, maintaining morale during difficult times comes with challenges. With the ongoing pandemic, many professionals in construction are feeling exhausted, isolated, and overwhelmed. These tips will help keep your team motivated and inspired in spite of adversity.
Listen and Communicate
First and foremost, it is important to keep the lines of communication open. Let your employees know they can come to you if they have concerns or need reassurance. Each of your employees will need different kinds of support right now. The best thing you can do is listen to them so you can identify their needs and respond accordingly.
Remind Them of the Value of Their Work
With so much stress outside of the office, it is going to be difficult for your employees to focus on the beneficial work they perform. Regularly reminding them that the work they do improves the lives of people in their community will help them maintain a sense of purpose, which, in turn, will help them stay motivated.
Set a Silly Goal
Another way you can improve morale is to set a silly goal, such as agreeing to do something embarrassing if the team meets a specific goal or deadline. Agree to jump in a river or wear a crazy outfit all day. This can be a smart way to infuse some fun into the workplace and provide the team with a necessary distraction from the challenging times we are all facing right now. Meanwhile, the team has a common goal to work towards, which can also raise morale.
Show Your Appreciation
It is always a great idea to share praise and show your appreciation whenever you can. Even small things like gift cards, thank you notes, or a catered lunch can help the team feel valued. You want your team to know their work has meaning and that you appreciate the effort they put in each day because it provides them with an incentive to continue working hard and performing at their best.
These are unprecedented times. It makes sense that many construction professionals feel anxious and overwhelmed right now. This can affect team morale. Luckily, there are many strategies employers can use to improve engagement and motivation during the pandemic, such as maintaining an open line of communication, reminding them that their work has value, setting fun goals, and showing them how much you appreciate the hard work they perform.
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