November 17, 2020
Everyone knows the benefits of organization – increased efficiency and productivity, lower levels of stress, meeting deadlines on time – the list could go on. Being efficient in your job is one of the things that can set you apart from other construction companies in the construction industry. An efficient jobsite can help you get the work done quicker, saving you time and money, and results in happier clients at the end of the day.
Your plan and organization may look different depending on the job, but having a standard protocol on your construction site can make the difference between a stressful worksite and a smooth job from start to finish. We compiled a few tips below to help you achieve order and improve productivity.
Project management is key when beginning a job. It’s important for the project manager, general contractors and construction workers to have workflows in order to maximize jobsite efficiency. Create a schedule and determine the phases of the job before the construction work begins. Be sure to create a product list for each phase.
Communicating the plan to everyone involved will make it easier to stick to your schedule and increase construction productivity. Additionally, make sure everyone knows what they’ll be working on and when. Keeping communication clear will ensure everyone stays on schedule, reduces rework and improves labor productivity.
Construction projects can be stressful and getting everything done in the determined timeline requires having the right equipment. Stocking your job with the tools and equipment needed to get the work done will save you from having to make unnecessary trips to your home improvement store.
Another time-saving tip is to make sure you’ve allowed adequate time for ordered products to arrive before they’re needed. Each hour counts when working on the job, so save yourself time and create a product/tool list upfront. Make sure these items are well organized to increase productivity.
Think of protecting your jobsite like an insurance plan. Using products like heavy-duty surface protection, dropcloths and masking films will help you avoid costly mistakes that take more time to fix. In addition to avoiding mistakes that will inevitably happen, these items can often make your jobsite safer. For example, using a non-slip dropcloth instead of your standard canvas dropcloth will help keep your crew safe from slipping and will protect from any spills that may occur. Be sure to include these items in the item list you create before the job begins.
Make sure the job is done correctly the first time. This means having confidence in the work your team is doing. Give your employees and subcontractors the high-quality training they need to do the work at your standards. This will help save time and avoid costly mistakes or potentially dangerous situations. Invest in their success upfront to help create a more efficient work environment.
We hope you found these tips to make your jobsite more efficient! There will always be incidents that occur on the job, but taking all the precautionary steps upfront during the construction process can help you avoid many hiccups you may face.