The challenges of running an industrial construction company are easier to meet when everyone is on the same page. Teamwork brings out the best on a job site that benefits clients, managers and crews. A company is only as effective as its workforce, so it’s important to train, explain and communicate on a regular basis. Here are 4 personnel strategies that stand as strong signs of an industrial construction contractor that does this successfully.
1. On-Going Industrial Construction Instruction
The heavy construction industry modernizes on a regular basis with upgraded tools and new techniques. From mastering on-site apps that measure and calculate to learning about innovative building systems, it is essential for industrial construction managers to grow talent on the job with regular training. A solid program helps a contractor identify his crews’ strengths and weaknesses. Talent nurturing production managers brings the construction teams together several days or weeks before project startup to review new job details. This can be done efficiently by taking advantage of rain delays to stay on top of important new information.
2. Strong Cross-Training
By diversifying individual team members’ abilities, an industrial contractor multiplies the strength of his workforce. Cross-training increases a worker’s job output potential because the worker can quickly shift from one area to another. A strong knowledge of different equipment and procedures allow flexibility to quickly step in and take over when another worker isn’t able to perform the job. This gives the contractor a scheduling edge, and it heads off issues that can negatively affect productivity and profitability.
3. Pre-Shift Meetings
Change is routine on every large-scale construction project, so work crews need to be in the loop. Everyone does a better job when they know what to expect before the shift starts. Strong team leaders use this time to outline schedule modifications, reaffirm completion targets, and cover safety procedures. A winning football team starts every game with a locker-room pep talk. A successful contractor turns a pre-shift meeting into pump up ritual that makes sure everyone is prepared for the work ahead.
4. Open Communication
The sense of urgency that keeps a job on track is a shared sense of responsibility for meeting goals. If issues continually arise during construction, workers know that the project is in trouble without being told. If they know that they can rely on honest communication from managers and team leaders, they become a valuable part of the problem-solving process. Everyone shares the same goal of successful project completion, and open lines of dialog inspire a positive back-and-forth between workers and management.
When investing your money into an industrial construction company make sure that these 4 attributes are present. They all point to a successful industrial project as an end result. For more than 30 years, we’ve proudly worked with dedicated men and women who take our projects from design and site prep to framing and finishing.