This week I hosted one of three online events for business leaders in the construction industry, focussing on culture.
One of the really interesting questions from an attendee was about how to create cultural norms in an industry which has staff in multiple sites, with multiple contractors and high turnover based on highly variable project scope and timelines?
Culture starts at the top. To create a consistent culture, where teams work together and interact with clients, employees, suppliers, contractors and investors in ways that reflect the same values and norms – the focus needs to be on leadership.
How leaders behave, communicate, and make decisions ultimately determines the way others follow. We can’t say we’re one way and then be another. If we say we’re about respect, then we need to call others out on dominating, controlling, or competitive behaviours. If we say we’re about safety, then we need to invest time and effort in educating people about how to be safe and take the extra time it takes to work in safe ways.
So, if construction and associated industries want to focus on culture – they need to start with their leaders, and they need to think about how they train their leaders to recruit, induct, develop, manage, promote and retain their people. What process do they use in these critical stages of an employee’s experience? How and when do they give feedback? How and when do they coach and develop their staff? How and when do they share their vision for the project, the week, the day, and set clear expectations so their teams know what they’re being asked to perform?
In construction, where workforces are changing sometimes on a weekly basis, week to week, leaders need to be able to both describe the culture they want to have within their teams and reinforce them through processes that line up with the culture they’re working to create.
The biggest issues are facing the construction industry are:
These are some real culture challenges, that aren’t going to disappear any time soon. But they must be acknowledged as real barriers to a productive, engaged and high performing workforce, and they are all linked to problems with culture.
The way to address this is for leaders to step up, self-assess, think about the role they play in leading their culture – both through their own behaviour and the leadership of their business.
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