Must-Have Characteristics in a Successful Construction Crew

Ravindra Ambegaonkar
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    The success of any business lies in its human resource. This is especially true for industries where the work is hands-on, like the construction industry.

    Having a crew that works like a well-oiled machine does not happen by chance; you have to put effort into bringing it together and equipping it to achieve the outcomes you envision.

    If you are in the construction business and hoping to build a crew that will propel your business to the next level, this guide highlights some of the characteristics that your crew must have if you are to attain your goals.

    They Are Trustworthy

    Trust is one key characteristic that defines a productive crew. It means team members know they can trust their fellow team members to get a task done without the fear of sabotage.

    But trust doesn't happen by chance. Instead, it develops with time, and you want to uphold it as a company by talking about it in your staff meetings until it is ingrained in your culture. This way, new hires adapt to the culture, perpetuating a culture of trust in your company.

    However, trust is not only an employee to employees affair; it should start from the top downwards. In other words, you must let your crew know you can trust them to do what they should, even with little or no supervision.

    They Are Often Appreciated

    There are two approaches to having your employees meet their goals. One is breathing down their necks with supervision, while the other is incentivizing them with rewards for exemplary performance.

    While the former approach will breed resentment and only guarantee results when you are watching, the latter acts as an incentive to meet goals irrespective of whether or not you keep a watch on your crew. Therefore, you should form a habit of rewarding employees for a job well done.

    For example, when your construction crew brings you significant savings for finishing a project on or before time, it is only best that you don’t keep all the savings to yourself as profit. Instead, share some of it with your crew for exemplary performance. That way, your crew will always be motivated to hit their goals even when you may not be watching.

    They Are Skillful

    The skill level of your crew will determine its output, so you should ensure that you get it right before enlisting. The first step to ensure you hire right is to describe what you are looking for when posting job openings, including prerequisite qualifications for candidates.

    Irrespective of how detailed your description is, a job posting will attract all kinds of people, even the unqualified. That means you have to take the time to review resumes to ensure that you only pick qualified candidates.

    Hard and soft, educational background and work experience are among the critical things most employers consider when reviewing resumes. Therefore, if you are an employee looking to create the perfect resume for a construction worker job opening, ensure you include all the skills and any relevant achievements you have that can give you an added edge.

    They Have Sufficient Resources

    It's your crew's job to get the work done. But it is your job to facilitate them to get the job done.

    Facilitation comes in many ways, such as providing the tools and machinery necessary for the job. You will also want to ensure they have the safety gear needed to remain safe while on the job.

    Timely remuneration is also part of facilitation, so ensure that your employees get paid on time and what is due. A well-remunerated team is motivated and will be more likely to yield the output you desire to see, and the opposite is also true.

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