Teamwork, what does it mean? Its definition is- A cooperative or a coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interest of a common cause.
I’m sure all of us at some point in our construction career have experienced the people that try to play hero, or want to build the whole job on their own. When this happens the moral on the crew and the attitude of the guys that work around this person go downhill. When your crew has a bad attitude or low moral things tend to slow down and the quality of work suffers. All this can happen from the one person thinking that they have to do everything them self. Typical the person trying to do everything themselves think it makes them look good to the boss, which on some jobs the boss thinks that without this one person they wouldn't have been able to get it done. When in some cases there might be other workers who can do things better and faster than this one person.
I was on a job fairly recently where there was a guy that thought he was the only person who could do everything but the work that had no glory. And the guys that were doing all the little stuff that nobody thinks about that much were better at this certain task. I’m not saying that the guys that knew more should have been the only guys to do this task, but if this said person would have worked together with these guys the job would have been faster and the quality of the work would have been better. It wouldn’t have always been a mad panic on the mornings of the pour to try and get the wall buttoned up possibly sacrificing the quality of the work and safety.
This is why teamwork on a construction crew is so import, if we all don’t work together things can fall apart real quick, the schedule could start to slip behind, owner/architects unhappy with the quality of the work being performed. Driving people on your crew to be unhappy and quite, these are all things that could happen unless we all choose to work together as a team.
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