The Importance of Building a Good Team

 

With over 25 years in the construction industry, I have been lucky enough to work with some great people who have taught me many different things over the years.  I have also had the pleasure to work on some interesting and very unique projects.  The one thing I have learned, which resonates with all construction projects, is that the better you train, mentor, and inform your staff the smoother your project will go.

Staffing & Training:  When assembling your staff for a project, it is important to get to know the people who are going to be working on your team day in and day out. Understand where their skills are.  Where do they excel and where do they fall short? This will help determine their role on the project. Once their role is established, it is essential that each team member is properly trained for their job responsibilities.   You must establish a list of skills required, check in with them frequently, and give them a time frame to complete their training. A well-trained employee is confident which makes it easier to delegate tasks. I suggest establishing a daily schedule for them to follow. Mentor young staff by teaching them time management skills which will lead to their success on your project and in their future career.  Great knowledge and experience are invaluable to teaching them how to manage a construction project.

Communicate frequently with your team.  Hold weekly staff meetings and discuss what’s happening on the job. Having open communication is critical in preventing mistakes while working at achieving the same goals. Meetings are a time when everyone can gain knowledge and collaborate towards common goal.

Team Building. Do things as a team, even things that don’t necessarily have anything to do with work.  Eat lunch as a group and discuss topics not having to do with the job. Plan after work activities or outings like a bike ride, a ball game, bowling, etc.  It is important to teach young managers how to disconnect from the long grind of running a project.

If you are successful at building relationships and trust among your staff, the project goals will become more manageable for all. You are only as good as the people who support you, teach them well and everyone will benefit.

Mike Hugelier
Senior Project Manager
Madison Construction