Day One: Setting Goal and Planning
First, set a goal. Make sure this goal challenging, but not impossible. A goal too simple will not keep your crew motivated. A goal that is out of reach will create frustration and friction on the crew. Reaching a goal will drive them. They’ll strive to reach further. It is imperative that you are prepared for these goals. Make sure all materials, equipment, manpower etc., will be available for you and your crew to meet the goals.
Day Two: Leading
Start off the day out in front leading with direction. Keep the goal on top of their thoughts. Get out there and run with them.
Day Three: Monitoring and Feedback
See how your tracking to achieve the goals then get feedback from the crews to see how you can pick up time. Let them know how they are tracking towards the goal. If they are behind, get feedback on how to pick some time up. If they’re on, track let them know and give them praise.
Day Four: Motivation
Start day four with a positive pep talk. Talk about how close you are to achieving the goal. You have to show some emotion here and get them to feed off it. You are down to two days and we have to make this one count
Day Five: Completion Celebration
Let them know how they did for the week and if they made the goal take them out to lunch or let them go home early. Tell them how good they did, that what they achieved was amazing, and how important it is to the schedule.
Five Day Productivity Challenge Work Sheet
Set Goal: ___________________________________________________. Planning
Materials Manpower Equipment Misc. Misc.
Leading: How are you going to get them excited: ________________________________________________________________________________________________.
How are you tracking?
On track with:__________________________________________________________________________________________.
This is where you have a morning prep rally to get them excited, this is the most important day. You want to get as clos to your goal today as you can, There is nothing worse than trying to make everything up at the last minute and tomorrow is your last minute, so make the most out of today.
Talk with everyone to see what needs to be done today so that you can achieve your goal tomorrow, get them excited to make the most out of today!!!
I motivated my crew by: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
At this point you are realizing your will accomplish your goals or you will not accomplish your goals but you have accomplished a lot, either way you and your crew should feel proud of the efforts.
We are going to complete our goal!!!!
We did not complete our goal but we accomplished a lot!!! Everyone feels appreciated because I:
Remember back in the day when your "Boss" shook your hand or gave you a pat on the back, it felt real good right? Ok, who are we fooling? It's still AWESOME! Well, now as leaders, we have the opportunity to create that feeling for our proteges. Let's get to know our employees. Talk to them, not at them. Shake their hand, address them by name. Ask how they're doing, do they have any concerns? The bottom line is, without the people in the field, the job won't get done. They deserve our attention.
We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. It's not just a paycheck, it's a huge part of your life. Have you ever driven by or seen a news article about a structure you've been a part of and thought to yourself "I remember that"? Well, don't just think it to yourself! Tell your family and friends what you are or were working on. You'll be surprised at how interested and excited they will be to know someone involved in such a process. I speak from personal experience. My wife and girls love to visit places that I have worked on. I When I hear them talking to their friends and other family about those projects, it's a proud moment. Explain the process to them and tell them how you are or were involved. They will take an interest and want to know more. Take pride in your work!
To proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly=Flow
How can create flow with your crew?
Start simple and start early with you morning huddles; group planning meeting.
Talk about the site logistics, set up equipment routes and worker access.
Let everyone know about deliveries, staging or placement or anything that may cause them to break down from their normal task.
Discuss the daily specific goals that will answer the:
Then, open it up for suggestions. This will give the crews a chance to offer advice or ask questions. You want everyone to understand and accept the daily goals.
You also want to keep it positive. Your crews need to be motivated to accomplish the daily goals and positivity is the best way to achieve this.
Finally, continually monitor progress and stay ahead of the crews with information. If a problem arises, don't panic! Think it through and talk it over. If it's going to delay a task, step back to look at the overall picture, then make a decision.
To create flow you need to remove any and every roadblock that you can control giving your crews continuous movement in a straight line. Every time a crew is pulled off task prior to completion, you lose production and frustrate the crews.
However, if you can learn and work to create flow your crews will love it.
Have you ever arrived on a new job site full of new employees who seem to have no sense of direction and worse, no desire to find it? It starts as utter chaos. No one is getting along or working together, materials aren't moving, and the structure certainly isn't rising. No production at all! Well, I have found there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Try being patient and really listening to the crew members and their feedback, they will start to listen as well. Everyone likes to feel they are valued and their opinion does matter. It's really amazing how quickly the team and job come together with something so simple.
It's easy to ignore, scream, yell or discipline the "problem child" of the crew, which seems to always yield the same results.
So if you want them to change, try this: Be open and Honest!
It's not going to be easy, yet it's in the best interest of everyone involved. You have to face them, have an open and honest conversation to get the results you are looking for. Try it you might be surprised with the results.
You can see it in their eyes at the start of shift, they are hungry for a challenge and waiting for direction from their leader. Now, you have two choices:
Setting the right goals is the first step, the second and most important step is getting your passion to bleed through, where others feel it. Your passion is contagious, so be excited to set daily goals and they will be excited to achieve them.
How can we get concrete construction foreman to communicate with each other?
If only we could create a football team atmosphere, in which we all work towards the same goal- to win a championship (be as productive and efficient as possible). I know in construction, even amongst ourselves we are competitive in nature. But, it would be great to share and learn from each other. Take the good and bad experiences and learn from them; truly creating best practices for the industry.
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