Working in construction site is already a big challenge. Being effective while doing it, is even bigger. There are so many different people that should smoothly work together during a construction project and by extension a strong need for proper guidance.
The construction manager is, without doubt, the person that has fight against all kinds of difficulties and take the most out of the professionals working on site. In an effort to help anyone involved in construction, we decided to present below the five best tips for maintaining high productivity on the construction site.
Before we do that, let’s see pretty quick why is important to have anyone on site performing to the best of their ability:
Time is money
Saving time means saving money. If everyone remains fully focused at his/her work, then all the tasks will be carried out on time. As a result, there will be no need for extra money spent on additional working hours or materials.
Everyone is happy
When someone is able to perform at his/her job on a top level, then in the vast majority of cases feels satisfied or even happy with s/he does. Happiness and productivity on the professional space are two notions inextricably connected with each other. That’s why, every construction manager wants to have highly motivated workers by his/her side.
As we already noted, productivity and positive attitude are closely linked to each other. A good atmosphere at the construction site can remarkably improve the communication between all the different members of the team. Solid communication is one of the most fundamental elements in putting together a successful construction project.
After presenting, shortly, why you want to achieve high productivity on the construction it’s time to analyze how you will achieve it:
1. Be the site manager, but remain approachable
One of my favorite mottos in construction is ”Wear a suit and tie and swan around the site looking important!”. What I actually mean by that is making yourself easily identifiable as site management by the dress code, but whilst doing the “swanning around” make yourself accessible and approachable by the skilled trades. Chat with the lads while they’re working. If they come to trust and like you they will point out pending problems long before you’d find out the hard way! If they have any moans, listen and do something about them!
2. Be open to advice
Swallow your pride! Simply come to terms with the fact that any experienced, middle-aged tradesman knows far more about his specialty than you do. He almost certainly knows more than the Architects or Consultants, too. If there are problems, ask these men. They will almost certainly have the answers.
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3. Simplify the material delivery procedure
Nothing much can happen on a construction site without materials! Before work starts make sure you design a site layout which allows free access for delivery wagons and free movement around the site for the plant. If any plant starts to play up, get it fixed or replaced fast, otherwise work might stop! Keep separate safe pedestrian walkways.
4. Focus on safety
As you do your “swanning around” make sure that the site is always as safe a place to work as a construction site can be! Men don’t tend to work well and fast if they think they might get injured while they are at it. There is another little twist to this safety issue. “Look for the bloke who is an accident looking for somewhere to happen – and get rid of him!” Do your chatting to the lads properly and they will point him out to you. They want to be nowhere near him in case he involves them in his accident!
5. Keep good track of the project needs
Before you even start on site it is a good idea to know what men, plant and materials will be required and when. Once work does start it is a good thing if you have some early warning of slippage so you can sort that out and complete on time. How do you do that? You have a Detailed Programme to Completion that is updated weekly to show progress. With that Programme everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing and when. The tradesmen love having one. Planners don’t come cheap but they are a lot cheaper than having to pay LAD because the job finishes late.
So there we go; I could go on for ages on the subject but these are what I’d rate as the 5 Top Tips for a Productive Construction Site.
Implement them and you’ll find that the project finishes on time, to budget and to high standards. The workers on site will think you are a great site boss and want to work with you again!