Worksite communication tips for multigenerational teams as a manager
It requires more than just trade knowledge for a construction project to succeed. Communication is essential in the team effort that is construction. Project managers need to be able to communicate well with the team so that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and goals. This is especially crucial now that workers from different generations are entering the workforce.
Our world is becoming more diverse, and construction managers must continuously improve their communication skills to remain competitive.
Why is Communaction an important factor?
Forepersons and managers need to improve their communication skills in this new intergenerational society for a variety of reasons. To begin with, construction sites are still dangerous no matter who is working there.
Everyone on the team has to be able to actively communicate with one another when working around machinery, heights, and heavy objects to prevent accidents. Every morning before work starts, there should be a safety meeting when the manager makes sure everyone has their safety gear and responds to any questions about safety.
Make Communication an important Aspect
Communication can be easier if you present the information via different channels, as everyone may prefer a different style. The approach may include sending emails that are paired with conference calls, video chats, or texts sent to all employees' phones.
To prevent your message from becoming lost in translation when seen on smartphones, make sure it is clear and mobile-friendly.
Utilizing a field management tool that all personnel can access is a smart option as well in order to examine the relevant project specifics, such as safety information. You can make sure that your message is appropriately distributed by having one core point.
Clarity and conciseness are the keys to avoiding confusion
It is imperative that you communicate well when you are in the construction industry so that your message is understood the first time it is sent. Use plain language when communicating with someone who does not understand jargon. To the point and focused is what you should convey in your message. You should keep it as short and simple as possible.
Avoid confusion by focusing on only one project at a time if you are working with the same owner or architect on multiple projects. In order to achieve maximum detail, you must use as few words as possible.
Communicating concisely and comprehensively in construction takes practice. Before sending any written message, check to make sure you have not altered the meaning or left out any important details.
Mutual respect should be encouraged
A construction manager or leader must ensure that all employees respect each other. There may still be problems on the job site even if all workers understand your messages, including accidents or hurt feelings, if they don't treat each other properly. Nobody on your site should be tolerated insulting them on the job if they are hurt or unmotivated, no matter their age.
The problem can extend beyond just blatant name-calling. Microaggressions at work can occur through verbal comments or even behavior that is unintentional.
The management needs to encourage teamwork and have workers of all ages work together toward a common goal to prevent insults and issues. A job that requires the efforts of employees from three generations might be intentionally placed with employees from three different generations.
As soon as they achieve their goals, they might start showing respect to each other since they realize everyone is working hard and doing their best to accomplish the task. It is sometimes all it takes to facilitate communication when people from different generations are in the same place at the same time.
There is no doubt that communication will remain one of the most important aspects of the work environment as older workers retire and younger generations enter the workforce.Use the advice above to assist your employees in performing at their best.
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Video Source: The Construction Channel