Top Habits of a Successful Construction Manager
Running a construction project of any size comes with large responsibilities, as you manage a team of contractors, negotiate with suppliers, set customer expectations and meet project deadlines. With responsibilities, inevitably there will be challenges too. To help you combat these challenges, and be the best construction manager on site, here are some top habits that you should implement.
Planning the project, and creating a strategy for its success, should come long before the project starts. Your strategy will be the glue that holds the project together, and give your team direction and focus. Anything can happen on a construction site, but with meticulous planning, you can control as many elements as possible, and reduce the risk of disruptions and delays. Without a strategy, you are likely to run into more problems, be more stressed, and find yourself in financial difficulty, not to mention an unhappy client. The project and all of its elements should be planned in detail, from start to finish, circulated to the team, and followed accordingly. You should regularly review your plan throughout the project, and update it when necessary.
A good flow of communication is vital for the success of any project. Not only do you need to communicate well with your team and suppliers, but you also need to create a culture of good communication right from the start. How you act, and how you start the project, will dictate how the rest of the project pans out. You need to set the bar high right from the start and ensure every individual involved follows suit.
When running a construction site, you must equip your contractors with all the tools and items that are necessary to complete their job to a high standard. Whether it is masonry tools, equipment that will keep your contractors safe, or waste disposal bins for builders to make the job easier and more efficient.
Not only will this keep your contractors happy, but it will also ensure that the project runs on time, the quality of work stays high, and you remain in control of your budget. If you have to start ordering items that were not worked into your initial budget that contractors need, then you are going to start increasing your risks financially, as well as not finishing on time. This will start to impact your reputation and the trust that contractors, suppliers, and customers have in you.
While using a clipboard and pen is still preferred across many construction sites, utilising technology can make your project run more efficiently, and provide you with less hassle, such as more paperwork to complete at the end of the day. There are plenty of systems and software that enables you to create and update your strategy, fully run the projects, manage your contractors, order supplies, communicate with customers and run the accounts including managing your budget, invoicing suppliers, and paying your contractors.
Running a construction project can be a huge undertaking, but with the right skills and habits, it can be successful.