Running a construction company is hard work. Not only is their the hard labor associated with the job, but as the owner, you also have the stress of keeping customers happy, meeting deadlines, and keeping your employees happy and focused.
Employee morale is extremely important when running a successful construction business.
Why Is Employee Morale Important in the Construction Business?
There are several people working on a construction site at once, each doing a different job. Because everyone is doing their own thing, there is not a great deal of supervision. This is one reason that employee morale is so important. When employees are happy with their work environment, they are more likely to do the best job possible. This means less slacking off when nobody is looking, and trying their best to get the job done right.
When you are working with your crew on a job site, chances are you have deadlines to meet for each project which needs to be done. In order to meet these deadlines, you need the whole crew available to work each working day. Studies show, that when employee morale is low, employees tend to call in sick more often. This can have serious consequences on deadlines.
What Can You Do When Employee Morale is Low?
If you see that things are not right with your employees, that they do not seem happy with their jobs, part of the problem could be you. There are a few things that you can do to boost employee morale, making your employees happier and more productive.
Build trusting relationships with your employees
When your employees do not feel that you have a trusting relationship with them, everything that you do can feel like manipulation in their eyes. If your employees do not feel that they can trust you, they will not be honest with you. This can cause problems in the work environment.
Respect your employees
It is important as a business owner to respect your employees. If you are constantly looking over their shoulders, and micromanaging their every move, they can feel as though you do not respect them, or their work. Respecting that your employees know what they are doing can go a long way with employee morale.
Be yourself when interacting with employees
There are two types of bosses that employees do not work well with. First, is the boss who tries too hard to be one of the guys. When you try to be one of them, you lose your employees respect. The second, is the boss who acts superior to his employees. Without employees, you would not have a business, and you should take this into consideration when you interact with them. By being yourself, you will have a better relationship with your employees, and they will respect you more. This will boost morale.
Your business is only as good as its employees. When your employee morale is high, your employees are happy, and your business will thrive.