#Construction: Recommendations for managing employees and boosting their talent

Burgos, February 2, 2023.- A company is mainly the sum of the talent of its professionals, the use of new technologies and the services to each of its clients. This is a synthesis, the governance of a business organization is also data management, financial strategy, market research, promotion, corporate and digital communication, etc. However, he wants to underline the importance of professional management. Supply Chain experts have agreed to point out these keys for employee management in the construction sector:

1. Provide Competitive Pay

A competitive wage is an effective way to manage and keep employees. Employees want to work for companies that offer more than just a paycheck, as they like good benefits and opportunities for advancement.

Many construction employees are not getting paid enough for the hard work and relatively dangerous jobs they do. To maintain a high-quality workforce, pay them competitive wages.

There is a lot of competition in the construction industry, and companies need to make sure that their employees feel appreciated when they do a good job. A transparent compensation strategy also creates an effective way to manage employees by ensuring everyone knows what they are getting compensated for their work.

2. Define Company Culture and Purpose

company’s culture and purpose are what shapes the employees’ work experience. It has become increasingly important for companies to have a clear idea of what they are doing well, where they need to improve, and how they want to be seen in the market. 

This helps the company to more effectively manage its employees so that their efforts are aligned with its needs. A company should articulate its mission statement concisely and clearly to everyone in the workforce so that all employees can understand it.

3. Make Sure Employees are Working in the Right Job Role

One of the most critical responsibilities for a construction manager is to make sure that their employees are in the correct position. This will help with both productivity and efficiency.

If you want to make sure that employees are in the correct role, it is essential to understand what every position entails. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the skill set required for a job in construction. You need to know which position will suit an individual’s skill set for them to be effective at their job. 

The key is for the construction company’s management team to communicate with the employees and understand what they want out of their working environment. This way, the management team can ensure that all the employees are in the correct role.

4. Communicate Regularly, Clearly,& Honestly

Typically, the success of a project is dependent on good communication. Communication is also critical to maintaining a good relationship with employees. Communicating regularly, clearly, and honestly with your employees will make them feel more valued and respected.

Here are five tips for communicating with your employees effectively:

  • Develop an understanding of each individual’s personality and communication style
  • Be consistent in their approach to communications
  • Express each other’s expectations
  • Update about any changes or projects

5. Use a Collaboration and Management Tool

A collaboration and communication tool can help you get your hands around the chaos and improve productivity levels on your construction site by providing you with better insight into what is happening in real-time on the field by enabling more accessible communication between managers, supervisors, forepersons, sub-forepersons, crew leaders and contractors in your workforce.

If you manage the construction workforce, you know that every minute counts. And if you’re still using paper timesheets or an app that doesn’t track your workers’ GPS location, you can bet you’re losing money on payroll. A GPS time clock app will allow you to see exactly where your employees are and when they clock in and out. This way, you can be sure that they’re working the hours you’re paying them for. 

In addition, a GPS time clock app can help you to manage your construction projects more effectively. By seeing where your workers are and how much time they’re spending on each task, you can make adjustments to your project schedule as needed. So if you want to save time and money on your construction projects, be sure to use a GPS time clock app.

Many construction managers use a workforce management tool. Using these tools is an effective way to schedule their employees’ time slots and make sure they are as productive as possible. It also allows the managers to access all their projects in one place to continue managing even those working remotely more effectively. 

6. Invest in Employees’ Education and Training

Investing in employees’ education and training is an effective way to manage construction employees. It helps them be more skilled and knowledgeable about a particular trade and develop new skills.

Construction companies could invest in employees’ education and training, but it is not enough to just spend money on training. You also need to invest in their skills so that they can become more qualified for the jobs that they are doing now or will do in the future.

Employees are often more committed to their work when they have the opportunity to learn, so investing in their education is worthwhile for any company. When employees know that the company cares about their skills, they are willing to make more of an investment in the success of that company as well.

7. Celebrate Successes

Recognize and celebrate successes as they occur, not just annually or once per quarter. Acknowledgment is an effective motivator and powerful tool in management. When recognizing successes, employers should be sincere, be specific and be timely.

It is important to show appreciation for your employees and to validate their contributions. It improves morale, works as an encouraging tactic, allows for feedback, and provides a positive experience in the workplace.

Construction workforce management is not an easy task. It requires a great deal of planning and organization to be successful. With all the problems that come with managing employees, it’s easy to lose focus on what really matters. To help you overcome these challenges, consider these seven ways to manage construction employees to make your job easier and your workplace more efficient.

Employee Safety in Construction

A construction company that puts the safety of its employees as one of its priorities is also essential. That is why it is interesting to know prevention strategies in construction for all types of accidents.

With the announcement of its latest suite of dropped object prevention solutions, the company that first introduced tool tethering solutions to elevated workspaces in the late 2000s continues to evangelize active prevention to compliment and fortify other common and long-standing safety measures for addressing dropped and falling objects.

Since the invention of the hard hat over one hundred years ago, the danger represented by dropped and falling objects on the job has, for the most part, been addressed with PPE or passive controls,” says Tom Votel, President and CEO, Ergodyne. “This includes toe boards, netting and barricades.”

Obviously we’re proponents of those, too,” says Votel. “But our perspective has been, and continues to be, why not prevent tools from falling in the first place?”

It [tool tethering] is becoming more and more commonplace, certainly,”says Bohmbach. “But we still see a lot of makeshift solutions like duct tape and rope to tie off tools. Of course, that’s in the instance where any active control to prevent dropped tools is even being considered…which, more times than not, it isn’t.”

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t specifically mention tool tethering, it does require employers to protect workers from dropped objects in several standards including the agency’s General Duty Cause, a catch-all recognizing an employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazards that might not necessarily be addressed by a specific standard.

Employers can be cited for violation of the General Duty Clause if a recognized hazard—such as dropped or falling objects—exists in the workplace and the employer does not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate the hazard.

In 2018, Bohmbach, as chair of the International Safety Equipment Association’s (ISEA) dropped object prevention group, worked with leading PPE manufacturers in helping draft a standard adopted by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) addressing active controls for drops prevention. Titled “ANSI/ISEA 121, American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions”, the standard formally recognizes tool tethering as best practice while establishing design, performance and labeling requirements for solutions that prevent dropped objects—including tool lanyards, tool attachments, anchor attachments and containers used to transport tools and equipment to and from at-heights work zones.

Ergodyne’s latest release of at-heights solutions touches on all four areas of focus and includes:

Squids® 3178 Locking Aerial Bucket Hook
Featuring a self-locking hook, an interior hook and an enclosed tethering point to save space and prevent dropped objects when working in cramped buckets. The self-locking outer hook with thumb release is designed for ease of use while providing the utmost security for tool storage and tethering.

Squids® Anchor Choke Straps
Threads through railings, scaffolding, equipment and structures to create a retrofit attachment point for tethering tools from 5-60lbs // 2.3-27kgs.

Squids® Anchor Strap/Belt Loop
Easily attaches to tools, belts, harness or structures to create a retrofit attachment point for tethering tools up to 5lbs // 2.26kg.

Squids® 3151 Coil Lanyard and Mini Adhesive Mounts Kit
Featuring a swivel hook on one end, a low-profile detachable loop on the other and three double-sided mounting pads to safely tether devices and accessories up to 2lbs // 0.5kg and stay out of the way to reduce snag or tangle hazards.

All are tested to ANSI/ISEA 121, apart from the 3151 Coil Lanyard & Mini Adhesive Mounts Kit, which is meant to be an accessory lanyard/attachment combination for tethering lightweight essentials like cellphones weighing no more than 2lbs / 0.9kg.

Photo by Ricardo Gomez on Unsplash

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