First off, the wrong type of motivation can only take you so far, whether that is for yourself or your employees. If they are motivated out of fear, it will eventually run out and they will find work elsewhere. There is no amount of money that can keep them here. I have learned that internal motivation, purpose, collaboration and empowerment are tools used by servant leaders (Griffin, 2020). Instead of the typical ‘do as I say’, I would suggest giving them the bigger picture and help your employees see the greater purpose of what they are doing. Share with them what they are contributing to. We build offices, warehouses and renovations for commercial businesses. Help them realize that because of their skill and craft, they are able to create future spaces for package delivery companies or doctor’s having new space to do critical surgeries in.
“I would not use fear by threatening to withhold ‘the reward’, but rather use persuasion, foresight and conceptualization to help them become their own agents of consequences (Pfeffermann, 2019). Those men that work for you are not stupid, some of them have been in the industry for almost 35 years. They just want to be treated like human beings and not talked to. Listen to them.
“I can confidently say that if you start to change your overall management style and become what they call a ‘servant leader’ to these crews, your retention will be much better. Your funding to pay the recruiters will not be so high and the money that goes into training new hires to replace those who quit will drop and can increase your overhead and profit significantly. Give it a try, it can only help the company.”
Griffin, R.W., Phillips, J.M., & Gully, S.M. (2020). Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.