It would be ideal to manage a job with nothing but experienced crews, unfortunately we don't have that convenience right now. However, it’s rather exciting! We have an opportunity to train and mentor our hot shots, the next large project leaders. Taking these young, motivated employee's and granting them their shot, leaving them enough room to experience independence, success along with expected failure. Although enjoyable and exciting, it’s also a responsibility. Yet, three simple rules can help them succeed!
- Extra attention initially: help them through the planning, sequencing, safety and production.
- Monitor them throughout every stage: be there for the start/finish of tasks, milestones and problems.
- Provide them freedom, but let them know they can contact you at anytime.
We don’t have the convenience of guiding them through an eight year apprenticeship program; we need them ready in three! Spending the time to mentor the younger generation can be time consuming and demanding, but when done the right way the benefits are rewarding.