In today’s working world, salary increases just aren’t enough. Employees need to be acknowledged, encouraged, supported, and engaged. But while most of the recent focus on employee engagement has targeted office employees, inspired and encouraged workers are essential to every profession. From accountants to artists, every employee needs motivation, appreciation, and drive. One field in particular where this is prevalent is the construction industry. Unlike office work, construction is constantly moving, changing, and adapting, creating challenges unlike anywhere else. In our newest article, we’ll take a look at how leaders can boost employee engagement in construction.
Enable Seamless Communication
Construction conditions are constantly changing. Weather, traffic, temperature, legal requirements, and dozens of other factors significantly influence construction work. Without regular updates and reliable communication, construction employees feel out of the loop, unimportant, and uninformed. Dependable employee communication not only allows workers to make necessary changes but also demonstrates their importance to the organization. Employees need to know their leaders are aware of issues, addressing needs, and able to offer support. Regular communication cuts through the confusion and enables a safe, productive, and engaging work environment.
Inspire and Support Employees
Construction work is difficult in almost every sense. From daily physical labor to negotiating contract agreements, construction employees are often exhausted mentally and physically. Employees need honest and enthusiastic leadership to motivate and inspire long term success. Proactive leadership means more than just giving orders or ensuring work is done. Authentic leaders are a part of the team. They know workers personally, understand existing conditions, and offer regular praise and support. Without a reliable leader, difficult work wears a team down, but with the right support and encouragement, hard work becomes an engaging, uplifting, and uniting activity.
Improve Workplace Safety
Construction work regularly includes hazardous environments or dangerous activities. And while some risks will always be unavoidable, ensuring employees understand safety procedures is essential for engagement. When employees face unnecessary risks within the work environment, a pessimistic attitude is almost inevitable. Helping workers stay aware of work policies and procedures will not only create a safer work environment but also improve employee attitude and engagement onsite.
Make Resources Accessible
Construction work is hands-on, fast-paced, and doesn’t leave a lot of time for checking messages or reviewing files. But without a way to view information, workers often feel discouraged or unappreciated. Just finding basic employee information or requesting time off can take hours of arranging, Employees need to know their contributions are important, and that their work is just as valuable as corporate or office-based employees. By providing fast, simple, and reliable access to resources, and a secure internal communication system, employees feel understood, supported, and engaged.
Construction work’s unique environments can create some interesting challenges for the industry, but employee engagement doesn’t have to be one of them. At MangoApps, we help construction companies empower all of their employees to be productive, stay engaged, and love the work they do. To learn more about enhancing employee engagement, or how MangoApps works with construction companies at every level, contact us or schedule a personalized demo today.