Building a Great Construction Team

With the right forethought and planning, your company can put together a great construction team ready to tackle all projects.

Before the hiring process begins, consider the projects in front of you and decide whether you need full-time employees or a combination of full-time, part-time and contract workers.

The most critical person on the team is the construction manager or foreman. He/she is in charge of everything from communicating with outside vendors to making sure that construction crews work in a timely fashion and stay within the company’s budget. When interviewing prospective managers, check out not only previous managerial experiences but also communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

A top-notch construction manager most likely comes to the job knowing how to find skilled workers. Since the manager works closely with crew members, it’s important that he/she is comfortable with the people who are hired. While it’s optimal to hire workers with a lot of experience and great references, team members who are reliable, eager to acquire new skills and work well with others also can be a huge asset to your company.

If you hire inexperienced workers, be sure to help them feel prepared for the project. The more skills and knowledge your team members have, the smarter and more efficiently they will be able to work.

Keep in mind that several team members may need to be independent professionals working on contract, such as estimators and specialty contractors. Assessing all skills needed to successfully complete a project, well before the project begins, helps a company assemble just the right team for the job.

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