As a project manager, you know how hard it is to keep your team motivated throughout the day, especially when you are in the middle of a tedious task. Teamwork is the most effective way to get the job done, so you need to inspire your team and utilize their knowledge and skills to accomplish the goals at hand. The commercial construction consultants at George Rullo and Associates want to help you bring out the best in your employees, so take a look at these powerful tips for getting your team through the work day.
Create a pleasant, safe working environment
If someone feels comfortable and appreciated in their work environment, then they are much more likely to produce quality work. Start off by making sure that your construction site is in compliance with all OSHA safety regulations to put their mind at ease and provide them with any protective gear or additional training so they feel confident in their work. If they come to you with a question, clarification, complaint, or suggestion, hear them out and work towards finding a suitable solution. Make sure they know that they are a valued member of your team.
Know Your team
Take the time to get to know your team and find out their strengths. If someone is a detail-oriented person, then set them on projects that suit their personality when available. Some people like to chatter away while they work and others like to focus in on the task at hand, so try not to pair them up too often. Knowing the skills, expertise, idiosyncrasies, and likes/dislikes of the members on your team will not only make the team more effective, but help them stay motivated.
Set realistic goals
New projects are exciting, but suddenly overloading your team with work is a sure-fire way to discourage even the most dedicated team member. After all, you can’t build a skyscraper in a day. So, meet with your team and listen to their input, setting realistic goals for the day, week, month, or project duration. That way, everyone knows what to expect, and no one is blindsided by impossible workloads.
No one likes a boss who is constantly second-guessing everything they do. Give your team members their assignments and let them figure out the best way to accomplish them. If there are certain items on the schedule that need prioritizing, then by all means share the information, but then step back and let them run with it.
Never underestimate the power of celebration! Whether it comes at an important milestone or at the end of a long project, simply acknowledging the accomplishments along the way makes all the sweat and hard work worthwhile. Even a small “We got so much done today!” or ordering in pizza for lunch is a great way to keep morale high.
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