Increasing Productivity and Combating Absenteeism Part 1
High productivity and minimal absenteeism are desirable goals in any industry, but they are especially important in roofing. Anyone who works in construction knows it is imperative to meet deadlines. Requesting extra time can result in contract disputes and potentially require the retainment of an Illinois roofing attorney.
This is the first of a two-part article on boosting productivity and combating absenteeism; the second half can be found here.
One of the best things you can do for your roofing business is to make sure everyone is on the same page. This ensures that day-to-day work flows smoothly, and it prevents mistakes that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks.
A study called “Opportunities for Improving Productivity in Roofing Construction” surveyed twenty roofing companies in the Midwest. When asked what had the highest potential for increasing productivity in the roofing industry, the top answers were better planning, scheduling, and communication.
Implementing a company-wide communication system is crucial. All employees should know:
- To whom they should direct questions or report problems
- How they should reach out (call, text, email, etc)
- What updates their supervisors need at the end of each day/week
It is also important to listen closely during every interaction. You never know when a seemingly routine conversation will uncover a more important issue.
Make Your Employees Feel Valued
Another vital part of increasing productivity in the workplace is making your employees feel like they are taken seriously and treated right.
In the aforementioned study, which was published in the International Journal of Construction Education and Research, the roofing contractors reported utilizing “good employer/employee relationships and camaraderie among crew members” to facilitate effectiveness and productivity within their firms.
Employees who feel valued are more likely to be thorough, efficient, and hardworking. On the other hand, employees who feel like they are treated poorly are more likely to do the bare minimum. Sometimes this may result in firing them and hiring more employees, which is expensive and slows productivity.
Going the extra mile to make sure your employees feel valued may require some time and resources, but it will increase your bottom line in the long run.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.