The construction industry is extremely competitive and has many inherent risks that can impact the overall profitability of a company or project. One of the greatest factors that impacts the bottom-line, is also one that, as a Project Manager or Owner, you have the most direct control over: employee productivity. And, yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while worker productivity in other business segments has seen a tremendous increase of over 200% in worker productivity since 1964, our industry has actually witnessed a decline in worker productivity of 25% during the same time-period.
Clearly, some of the reasons for a decrease in worker productivity be traced directly back to a lack of motivation. But, it’s also fair to say, that as Project Managers and Owners, we also have areas we can improve upon to ensure that we are helping our employees be as productivity as possible.
Below are some productivity tips that the management team focuses on at B. Jackson to help hold our employees and our company accountable to be as productive as possible:
- Hire Dependable People. The single, best approach we’ve found is to ask our existing employees to recommend people for us to hire. We also complete extensive pre-employment background checks and we DO NOT hire perspective employees who don’t meet our standards.
- Create and Review Detailed Work-flow Plans. Review and make adjusts to project plans on a regular (weekly and daily) basis to re-focus efforts and take advantage of job-site efficiencies as they present themselves.
- Create a Project Specific Material and Equipment Management Strategy. Nothing kills worker and job-site productivity faster than not having the right materials and/or equipment available when required. Constantly review your plan so you are keeping ahead of the schedule and/or so that you can make any necessary adjustments.
- Turn Your Company into a “Learning” Organization. Spend time at the conclusion of all projects to review ways that both your employees and your company could have acted more effectively. Train your employees in the basics of time-management.
- Utilize Technology. Examine how you are utilizing technology to make your workers more productive. For example, B. Jackson has created a proprietary software system and equipped all of our employees with tablets that they use to report both time and production. This now allows our office, field management, on-site workers, as well as, our subs, to communicate and report to each other on all aspects of job-site progress in real-time.
Have following these steps eliminated all of our productivity challenges? No. But, they have helped to us tremendously and eliminated many costly mistakes that we’ve experienced in the past.
Have suggestions for us? We’d love to hear from you!