Before I start giving you 5 tips that I’ve tested in practice that helped me maintaining a productive construction site, let me first sum up again why it’s important that anyone on the construction site can work at the best of their abilities.
- More effectiveness leads to higher profit margins
- It’s a proven fact that if your workers are happy they can perform their job at the highest level and that leads them to be more productive
- A good atmosphere at the construction site remarkably creates better communication between all members of the team
Every project manager knows that these things are really important, but it seems to be often a challenge for them to actually achieve it.
Well, I’ve set up some tips that worked pretty good for me. Follow these tips and you’ll probably see that it works for you as well. Let’s get started!
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Tip 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!
Tip 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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Tip 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.
Tip 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!
Tip 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.
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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!