There’s no doubt about it. The construction industry is one of the toughest around. According to the TINYpulse 2015 Best Industry Ranking research report, it’s also one of the happiest, with construction workers found to be the happiest employees (from a survey of 500 organisations in 12 industries)!
If you run a job site, here are some simple tips to ensure they stay happy.
1. Site Communication is Key
Construction sites can get noisy, there’s no doubt about it. And you’re under a lot of pressure to get the work done well, and fast. So you need to make sure you communicate effectively. This might include keeping conversations to the point (rather than talking about what you did on the weekend); speak in a tone and manner that is easy to understand; and respond fast if someone asks a question, calls or messages you.
2. Be Prepared
Have a schedule and stick to it. Figure out what you want to do on which day, ensure the material is ordered well in advance, and keep to the deadlines.
3.Have the Right Construction Loading Ramps Available
If you’re moving from site to site, or you’re starting or finishing up with part of the project, you want to make sure the process of moving the machinery is as simple as possible. Having the right loading ramps so you can load machinery on and off your tipper bodies, trailers and flatbed trucks is imperative for productivity and safety on the job site.
4. Get the Right Tradies
If you’ve worked with a business in the past who have been great at what they do, call them up and see if they are available again. The last thing you want is someone who is incompetent working on your job site – this is a surefire way to run into a host of problems including running over budget and make the other worker’s unhappy.
It's good practice to get quotes from them in advance for the job: if they are electricians, find out how much it’s going to cost; chippies– what is their hourly rate? Then you can prepare in advance.
5. Quality Control
Don’t take your eye off the ball as it could mean the difference between a successful job completion, or a building that’s not going to be up to Building Code standards.