Construction Management Tips For A Productive Workforce, Part Two

Being a manager isn’t easy. You are responsible for the well-being and happiness (on some level) of human beings, on the one hand, and on the other you are responsible for ensuring they are productive in their roles. How do managers navigate balancing these two things? Are they inherently opposed to each other? Or does one lead to the other naturally? 

In part one of this two-part series, we talked about why having a healthy dynamic between employers and employees is so important — whether the context is on a construction job site or elsewhere. Go back and read part one if you get the chance, because much of what we will be discussing in today’s post is predicated on the thoughts found in our last blog. 

Go ahead, read it. 

Done? Great! Let’s move on. 

Set Your Employees Up For Success

One of the main tips we provided in part one was for you, as the manager, to put yourself in your employee’s shoes. In all likelihood, you weren’t always a boss, so we trust that it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for you to don your empathy hat for a moment or two. 

Though it’s true that being a manager isn’t always a walk in the park, day after day of taking orders is no fun either. In that way, it’s vital to give your employees the benefit of the doubt by assuming positive intent until they prove they are not trustworthy. If you don’t give your employees a chance to succeed, you are only shooting yourself in the foot while stifling their progress at the same time. 

Speaking of setting your employees up for success, it’s crucial to remember that not everyone learns at the same pace as each other. You might have a few standout workers on staff, but it’s likely that they took different lengths of time to become the reliable employees they currently are. Some new hires might need more one-on-one guidance during their few weeks or months, while others might be so eager to prove themselves that they might need to be told to slow down and focus on process/quality. There’s all kinds of people out there, and it’s your job to learn how to adapt your management style in order to get the most out of them you can!

The Two-Way Street Of Reliance & Respect

If you’ve ever taken a management training course, you may have heard the terms “mutual respect” and “mutual reliance” get tossed around a bit. There’s a reason that these terms are used fairly frequently; they are crucial concepts. 

The long and the short of it is that construction sites, like any job setting, need to operate on a hierarchy of authority in order to be efficient and successful. Employees must demonstrate respect for their employer in order to remain employed, but the other side of the coin is that managers must also show respect for their workforce — it’s a two-way street, and traffic needs to be flowing down both lanes. Employers and employees are reliant on each other. When it works, it’s a win-win! 

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