Some of the main causes for unproductivity in the construction industry range from unfortunate weather conditions, and zero-hour contracts to lack of resources and planning. Having an unproductive workforce is not only costly to the employer but also limits the overall output and culture within the team. This can have a knock-on effect on the reputation of the business, as projects may not be completed on time or to a high standard, which ultimately impacts the success of the business.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your workers productive and motivated, getting the best from your team.
One of the main causes of lack of productivity can be due to the limited scope of resources – both human and physical. Ensure that you are employing people who are capable of the job, with the correct knowledge and qualifications to ensure you are able to provide the contracts you have pledged. It is impossible to keep building without the right equipment, this can be especially frustrating if this is due to human error such as items being lost or misplaced. Keep tidy and organised and consider providing multiple tool storage boxes to keep items in designated locations, helping to limit disruption and find things more quickly and efficiently.
Provide ample training
Employee training can help make your employees feel valued and as though you care about their success in and outside of work. Training can help refine new and current skills, boost employee satisfaction, as well as ensure your colleagues are more confident and competent with the task at hand. This can go on to increase productivity, as they will be more confident that they know what they are doing, and are able to produce results to a good standard meaning nothing has to be repeated or re-done, saving time and resources.
Showing you care about and are invested in your employees can increase worker satisfaction and motivation – make it clear that you trust them – reward and appreciate their efforts and achievements. Start to make a conscious effort on how you manage your subordinates or attend further training yourself, to transform your management approach. Strive to become a leader rather than a manager, and watch your organisation transform.
Hours and schedules
Avoid employee burnout and take into consideration their contracted hours, availability and any shift requests that they may have, such as holidays or doctor’s appointments. Not only will this improve the culture and environment for everyone on the team, it will also make sure that employees feel refreshed and happy to be at work. Try to schedule breaks for your staff and provide refreshments in a timely manner, without your employees having to ask or chase you.