I personally have worked in many building projects and I can personally say I have been on jobs were the project has been a complete nightmare and the one main factor I have always seen is the destruction of team spirit and moral.
Reasons for bad moral and poor performance?
• Bad Management! If you do not have good management or a site supervisor that knows how to keep things running smoothly then expect trouble, the trades just want to get on with there jobs and don’t need the hassle of clients stepping in and creating chaos plus changing things and trying to take charge, it never works and always fails.
• If you haven’t got a supervisor then at least ask one of the experienced trades to suggest what to do, then respect his experience and give them space to get on with it and just evaluate from a distance to see how it goes.
• If the atmosphere is rife and morale is very low then the job will just drag out and most likely the trades will rather be somewhere else.
• Increase the morale by recognising what good works they have done and try to just have fun, bring in some humour because it’s a stressful business and we all know that when you are enjoying what you are doing you begin to do it well.
• I recommend watching a really fantastic British series called DIY SOS with Presenter Nick Knowles, every builder loves that programme as it really illustrates the ultimate building projects and team to work in, that’s because of the great morale they have and the most important aspect is the ‘Crack’, here’s a link to see a it for yourself Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0133qmj/hd/D...