In construction you always hear more, more, and more! In reality the boss wants less. Here are the 6 steps of less the boss wants you to know.
1) Less Time.
Avoid continuously asking the boss for time extensions on task, recognize the schedule and try beating the dates. When starting a task start your biggest surge of energy up front not at the end.
2) Fewer Steps
Simplify our process with less steps, is one of my favorites; it’s also the hardest to put into practice. In order to achieve fewer steps we need to change our thought process by asking how many steps are involved in a process, instead of how many days are needed to accomplish a task. Not only will this improve productivity immensely, it also teaches the importance to strategically plan the work.
3) Less validation
When presented with an assignment, understand what needs to be done and go for it! Obviously the boss trusts you; otherwise the responsibility would be someone else’s. So don’t feel compelled to call out a “play by play” (unless asked), if something wrong you will hear it. Therefore updates after the shift end or completion of a big task will suffice.
4) Less Manpower
This one right now is extremely vital, due to the industry's current manpower shortage. Learning how to accomplish tasks with less is easier said than done, however by following step three above it’s possible. Strategically planning your work will determine manpower a properly planned work will take less than poorely planned work. Take the time deciding on the right materials, equipment and sequence.
5) Less Arguing
How much wasted time and production, is spent arguing everyday? When receiving direction from the boss that you don’t agree with, bring it up, offer a solution and have a normal conversation. If it’s still not resolved and you believe the mistake could be substantial, let it lie and carry on with other work until it cools down, after that have the conversation again. If left with no resolution and re-work will be the outcome, then it might be necessary to call a higher up.
6) Fewer Hours
This may sound crazy; however just think outside the box for a moment. If crews run 80 hours a week continuously how productive, alert and involved cans someone be? Burnout’s the quickest way to production loss, low morale and frustration. Now imagine if construction had a 45-hour work week that started 8:30am on Monday and finished up at 4:30 pm on Friday. Enough overtime to be productive, with a long enough break to have fresh crews every week. Obviously this would never be implemented; even so with rolling schedules, manpower switches for certain tasks or how you schedule your crews can reach the objective.
As we go to work everyday trying to climb the corporate ladder, one of the most important assets we have is our name. Following the 6 simple steps above, will grow your name as on who is perceptive, resourceful and efficient.
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