Keeping employees motivated is a top concern of every business. In the contracting industry in particular, employee motivation is directly linked to productivity.
While not every motivator will work for every employee, here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Being in the management position makes you the leader, therefore, the way you present yourself can make all the difference in how your crew works. Being positive about a project, and its outcome, as well as working hard yourself, enables your employees to see a strong leader who cares about the job.
Be sure to outline exactly what you want to be accomplished, how you want it accomplished and when you want it completed. Just because an employee is experienced does not necessarily mean that they know how to do the job in the way that you want. For this reason, you need to outline exactly what you expect rather than simply telling them what to do.
Everyone likes to be told when they are doing a good job, and employees in this industry are no exception. For example, if you have an issue with employees arriving on time, make a note of when they clock in punctually and compliment them for doing so.
Taking the above example with the tardy employees, you can challenge them to improve. With an app that allows you to capture their arrival times even while you are on the job site, you have instant access to it. You can challenge your employees to continue the trend for the rest of the week, and beyond.