A lot of what happens in the construction process is decision-making. Just think about how many choices are made each day by superintendents, project managers, contractors, and people in the office. Construction professionals make many significant decisions throughout their careers. They have considerable autonomy and authority over how and in what way millions of dollars are spent in one of the most complex and risky businesses. Because of the amount of authority construction professionals have and the complexity of their work, they often face many crises and risk situations.
To make the most informed jobsite decisions, you first have to see the big picture. What does that mean exactly? You need to ask yourself: can I ensure the project is managed to the satisfaction of the customer while making a profit? Once you’ve identified how to achieve this, you’ve figured out the big picture.
3 Tips to Managing Your Jobsite for Better Decision Making
1. Organization from the start.
Let’s face it. The more organized you are at the beginning of a job, the smoother your project will run. Did you research the right subcontractors? Are your contract agreements and insurance certificates in order? Are there any permits that may hold you up? Do any specialty items/materials need to be ordered early? Each process of the job needs to be thought out to make sure everything is covered. Communicating face to face with each other in front of the plans, specifications, and job schedule can resolve many unforeseen issues before the start of the project.
2. Ensuring quality work and quality control.
One key aspect of construction jobsite management is making sure the project is built correctly. This means management needs to have knowledge and understanding of construction processes and procedures. It’s important to check each step, including design, materials, and workmanship, to make sure the work meets all plans, specifications, and building codes. This is a key step to ensuring your customer’s satisfaction with the project and ensuring the project is completed on time and within budget for profit.
3. Tracking project costs.
Being able to view costs at any time throughout the project will help you better track where you are with the budget. Adjustments can be made to fix overages and stay on track. Knowing where money is spent and how will help you keep track of the project’s budget to stay ahead and continue to make a profit.
Using these top three tips to manage jobsites will help you see the big picture to make better-informed decisions that will result in customer satisfaction and increased profit.
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