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Motivating Craft Workers. How to create willing workers Author: Ellery C. Berryhill Presented by: Nicolas Lescouet. Background. Article published in 2005. Many companies suffered a shortage in craft workers: Industry produced 50,000 trained workers for a need of 240,000 workers each year.

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Motivating craft workers

Motivating Craft Workers

How to create willing workers

Author: Ellery C. Berryhill

Presented by: Nicolas Lescouet


Background
Background

  • Article published in 2005.

  • Many companies suffered a shortage in craft workers:

    • Industry produced 50,000 trained workers for a need of 240,000 workers each year.

  • Average age of a skilled worker leaving the industry was 33.

  • Many workers saw their jobs as temporary pay options, and not the start of their careers.


Why workers left their jobs
Why workers left their jobs?

  • Many workers consider leaving a job for reasons other than compensation:

    • Inadequate supplies and material to get the job done properly.

    • Project confusion by managers.

    • Little communication with laborers.

    • Lots of downtime.

    • Disrespectful treatment.

    • Restrictive regulations.


How to stop the hemorrhage
How to stop the hemorrhage?

  • Get your job site organized and efficient.

  • How to do it? Here are the 6 main tips:

    • Orientation

    • Recognition/Rewards

    • Training

    • Multitasking

    • Retention Bonuses

    • Employees Consideration


Orientation
Orientation

  • Say the employee how he personally affect the project as a whole.


Recognition rewards
Recognition/Rewards

  • Acknowledge employees with special recognition and rewards to develop their loyalty toward your company.


Training
Training

  • Train individuals for a particular career path in order to make them feel they can progress in their work and experience.


Multitasking
Multitasking

  • New concept allowing eager employees to be train and to contribute into several areas outside of their primary craft.


Retention bonuses
Retention Bonuses

  • Set up incentive programs:

    • Example: $1 bonus per hour worked on the project if the employee stays until the project is completed.


Employees consideration
Employees Consideration

  • Always request and act upon employee feedback!

  • Schedule morning planning meetings among task teams.


Thank you for listening
Thank you for listening!

“Basically, people just want to be treated fairly – as more than just a guy with a shovel.”

- But Strickland


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