Igniting Team Spirit

Some of my most enjoyable and successful roles have been when I have had a great team around me. Ask anyone what they love most about work and in most cases, the first thing they mention is ‘the people’. We spend a massive proportion of our life at work and we’re with our teammates far more than our loved ones, so liking your colleagues is important. Good teamwork makes the workplace a better place to be  

So, this got me thinking, ‘what does it take to create that happy workforce?’ Is it the employees that make work a better place to be? or is it the structured ethos of the organisations?   

Whatever your view, research indicates that the key elements to any successful team are trustcommunication and effective leadership. So, here are my tips on keeping the workforce productive ensuring teamwork is the key to construction success. 


Create a Shared Goal and Vision for Everyone 

The very first step is to define the goals and vision of the project then communicate it to the teamWithout clear goals, a team loses its effectiveness. Goals should be specific and include a deadline for completion, along with an understanding of what comes next. This way everyone knows what is expected of them.   

Research shows that employees are more motivated when there is a 50% chance of achieving a goal. Stretch yourself and your team with something to aim towards, but also make sure it’s something that can reasonably achieved.   


Focus on the Strengths of The Workforce 

To have the best results, leaders should understand the strengths and weaknesses of each employee to match the work with their skill.  For example, on a construction project, there are many different groups such as architects, designers, engineers, owners, investors, contractors, subcontractors. In order to succeed, these work groups must have close connection with each other to meet the deadline and accomplish the overall goals of the project.   

A good team leader will ensure that every person clearly knows their assignments and assign specific roles and responsibilities for each member of construction manpower. 


Building Trust 

More often than not, a project demands a range of different skill sets. Everything from building to plumbing and electrical work must come together before it can be completed, and workers from a variety backgrounds will be involved at each stage. Trust is vital to this process, as employees have to work together to build the final product. Without trust, workers would not be able to depend on one another.  So, trust your professional partners to get their work done, despite the incompatibility you may have. Trust your client’s vision. Trust your subcontractor’s work ethic. Trust other employees.  Trust yourself. 


A Shared View on Risk Management 

Construction projects by their very nature, involve a high degree of risk, so from the beginning, team members need to understand the risks so they can be managed. For example, not having enough staff can have a serious effect on project delays, job site injury, quality, productivity and cost. Teams should know the risks and employ a plan to minimize them. 

The bottom line is clear, open communication is the key to team building on any project. Your team needs to function as a singular unit and must be completely connected, trust each other, and share information comfortably among themselves in order to achieve the stated goals for the project. 


How Employees can add value to the team. 

Complicated work tasks are simplified when people work together. Workers that watch out for each other can complete more work safely and efficiently. Here is how you can do your bit to improve team work on your project and keep the team spirit alive: 

  • Asking for help instead of taking shortcuts, unnecessary risks, or “winging” it. 
  • Offering help when more hands or a better method can make the job safer. 
  • Offering constructive suggestions when workers see unsafe behaviors in others. 
  • Maintaining good housekeeping at all times, even when it’s someone else’s mess. 
  • Cleaning the work site and setting up equipment and supplies for the next shift’s success.