Set the Right Tone for Your Employees in the Second Half of the Year


With the first half of the year over, many architecture, engineering and construction managers are reviewing objectives and using results to shape future actions. While examining metrics is a must, setting the proper tone for your employees is also vital. Otherwise, motivation and morale may suffer, harming future productivity.

Three Tips to Set the Tone for Your Employees in Q3 & Q4

Workers traditionally look to the top of the organization to determine how they should feel about the remaining two quarters. Without a proper example, some may struggle, especially if there were performance issues earlier in the year. However, when you actively work to set the tone, you can overcome these challenges, even if significant improvements are required.

If you want to set the tone for your employees, you will need to examine your own actions and attitudes in the workplace. Your team will take cues from you, often mirroring your actions and using your perspective as a guide. Here are three tips to keep in mind as you meet with your team and monitor their progress.

1. Be Enthusiastic

Whether or not the first half of the year was a triumph, it is important to remain enthusiastic about what the future may hold. If management seems downtrodden, or riddled with doubt, that mentality will affect your employees. This can lead them to question the health and survivability of the organization, or their place within the organization, which could drastically impact their productivity.

While you do not need to sugarcoat the situation, being confident that Q3 can be a success is a must. Try to be enthusiastic about any changes or challenges that were designed to help improve performance. Your excitement could increase employee buy-in, helping to ensure that more people embrace the situation in the name of organizational improvement and work together towards success.

2. Be Consistent

Consistency is paramount when you want to set the tone for your employees. Issues like double-standards or favoritism can undermine your message about company’s goals and decrease employee confidence. In contrast, consistency removes any ambiguity about expectations, which can be reassuring to workers. Plus, it cements your dependability, particularly when you hold yourself to the same standards as everyone else.

3. Be Communicative

When it comes to maintaining a productive environment, you need to focus on communication. This includes keeping your workforce well informed about new developments as well as encouraging input and collaboration. Creating a workplace where employees feel confident in their leaders requires consistent communication, especially about matters that impact their roles. Further, welcoming input can improve morale, particularly if you work to ensure that your workers feel heard and respected throughout the process.

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