6 Ways Managers Can Inspire Success in the New Year

6 Ways Managers Can Inspire Success in the New Year

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Good management is crucial for fostering happy and productive employees. The role of managers extends beyond just overseeing project progress; it significantly impacts employee turnover, job satisfaction and overall workplace environment. Here are six ways contractors can ensure their managers start the year with success.

1. Set clear goals and expectations

Managers who communicate clearly and effectively can better align teams, clarify expectations and address concerns promptly. Open communication is essential for resolving issues and preventing misunderstandings.

Action Items:

  • Clearly define job roles, expectations and performance metrics. Set achievable, measurable goals for each employee.
  • Involve employees in decision-making processes where appropriate. Encourage them to share ideas and suggestions.

2. Prioritize health and safety

In an industry where safety is paramount, good managers create and monitor safety protocols, reducing accidents and ensuring a secure working environment. This attention to safety shows employees that their well-being is a priority, which is fundamental for their happiness and trust in the company.

Action Items:

  • Maintain a strong focus on workplace safety. Regularly update safety protocols and equipment to ensure compliance with all safety standards.
  • Provide employees with the necessary tools and technology to perform their jobs efficiently and safely.

3. Provide training and development opportunities

Managers who invest in employees' growth through training and career advancement opportunities show that the company is committed to its employees' futures. This not only enhances job satisfaction but also aids in employee retention.

Action Items:

  • Offer training programs to enhance skills and knowledge. This could include technical training, mentorship programs, leadership development and soft skills enhancement.
  • Establish clear career paths within the organization. Show employees their potential for growth and the steps needed to achieve it.

4. Support work-life balance

Managers who respect and promote a healthy work-life balance help prevent burnout and job fatigue, leading to happier and more engaged employees.

Action Items:

  • Acknowledge the importance of personal time and family. Offer flexible working conditions where feasible to allow workers time to care for family members, take a sick day or attend their kid’s soccer game.
  • Regularly assess employee satisfaction through surveys or meetings. Address concerns and adjust to improve the work environment.

5. Recognize and show appreciation

Recognizing and appreciating employees' hard work and achievements boosts morale and motivation. Managers who regularly acknowledge their team's efforts foster a positive and productive work culture.

Action Items:

  • Implement a system to recognize and reward hard work and achievements, whether through bonuses, awards or public acknowledgment. Use awareness months as starting point.
  • Conduct regular performance reviews and feedback sessions. Provide constructive feedback and recognize achievements.

6. Promote diversity and inclusion

Good managers lead by example, setting a standard for work ethic, attitude and professionalism. This leadership style can help inspire and motivate employees, making everyone feel welcome and included.

Action Items:

  • Develop policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ensure all employees can see themselves in different roles by having a diverse leadership team.
  • Create a Diversity Committee to help cultivate an inclusive work. Managers who are empathetic better understand their employees' challenges and needs, creating a more supportive and trusting work environment.

Final thoughts

Good management is a cornerstone of employee happiness. Properly trained managers ensure their teams have the necessary resources and support to do their jobs efficiently. Contractors can create an environment where employees are motivated and supported to achieve success, leading to higher job satisfaction, less turnover and a thriving workplace in the new year.


About the author
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and 200-plus product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide. AEM has an ownership stake in and manages several world-class exhibitions, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG.



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