As a manager, it’s crucial to learn what makes each of your employees stand out on your team. It’s especially important to understand their individual goals and to help them achieve them in order for you to reach your overall managerial business aspirations.
In a recent article on ForConstructionPros.com, George Hedley CSP CPBC, a certified professional construction BIZCOACH and popular industry speaker, explained that in order to motivate your construction workforce, you must give your people a reason to be motivated.
“People are motivated for their reasons, not yours,” Hedley explained. “Don’t expect others to understand your passion for customers, quality work or the need to make a profit. They must want to follow your vision, achieve your goals and get the job done properly.”
The author goes on to say that every employee requires two crucial things — money and happiness. The money part includes fair pay and competitive benefits. The happiness component is directly related to feeling motivated. Your job as a leader is to motivate your team to want to do what you need them to do.
“Your number one job is to encourage and motivate your people to perform with energy, effort and enthusiasm so they'll go beyond where you want them to go,” Hedley explains. “You accomplish this with inspirational leadership, continuous motivation, clear and continuous two-way communication, an exciting vision, step by step directions, holding people accountable, and giving them full, unquestioned responsibility.”
According to Hedley, there are four simple and proven actionable steps to achieve bottom-line results through motivating people:
1. Provide clear expectations
2. Provide regular recognition and praise
3. Provide a clear understanding of the “big picture”
4. Provide a caring company attitude
Read the full article on ForConstructionPros.com to learn more about these four steps and how to successfully motivate your team.