3 tips for improving relationships with staff
April 29, 2013
Many companies will invest in business construction software to streamline operations and improve communication among employees. This is just one way construction firm managers can foster strong relationships with their staff members. When bosses are respected by their team and everyone feels appreciated at the company, productivity and efficiency can be at all time highs.
"The ideal boss-employee relationship is one of trust and respect where both individuals work as a team to achieve the goals of the company," Deborah Millhouse, president of human resource solutions provider CEO Inc., told Nancy Mann Jackson, a Glassdoor blogger.
When all employees are aligned with short- and long-term goals, construction company owners feel that the business can be competitive in the industry. Below are some tips for managing relationships with employees that can greatly benefit the enterprise as a whole.
Admit to mistakes
Bosses who are open and honest with their employees will quickly endear themselves with the entire team. Not everyone is perfect and construction company managers shouldn't pretend to be. There are going to be times when bosses are wrong about how to carry out specific projects or they made an error when bidding for jobs. Bringing the team together and taking the fall for the problem will only help relationships grow with the whole staff.
Ask for help
Employees like when their boss makes them feel important at the firm, and conversely, staff members who don't feel appreciated will quickly lose morale. Bosses should often trust their team to help with both challenging and remedial tasks because any time staff members can provide value to the company they are happier in their roles. Sometimes it is a smart move for construction firm managers to ask for support from their entire team on certain tasks.
"The employee should be supportive of the needs and requirements of the boss so that the boss can reach the goals and complete the job with success," Millhouse told Jackson.
Be the bigger (wo)man
There are going to be instances when bosses and their employees have a disagreement about processes, how a customer was handled or other problem that can arise at the company. These are important times for managers at construction firms who want their staff to feel positively about them. In these instances, apologizing first and asking for employee input on how the issue could be resolved will help bosses keep their team members all on the same page.