As a supervisor, whether a Foreman or Superintendent, your overall goal should remain the same. You need to create and maintain common purpose. Everyone on the site should be working toward the same goal. The unity needed to accomplish the job on schedule and within budget will only happen with everyone involved in the project buy-in.
Every team needs a leader, someone calling the plays, and making sure that the focus needed is maintained. The most important part of the title and position is Accepted Leadership. As a leader of the job(Superintendent) or of a crew(Foreman) the same applies, you need to gain trust from those that work for you. The quickest way to gain trust is to prove yourself as a leader. This is accomplished through the following skills-
Constructorator was built for construction workers in the field. A place of resources, tools and info we hope will help you learn and grow. We would also love for you to collaborate and share your stories, suggestions, ideas and/ or questions. There is also a search bar at the top of every page to help you find what you’re looking for.
Weekly Blog posts are our insights on leadership or lessons learned from our experience in the workplace. We try to put out content to help you improve your supervisory skills. We are always looking for new blogging ideas, so if you want to know about anything related to the concrete industry just let us know (leave a comment or send an e-mail).
With weekly tips on anything from creating a schedule in Excel to 3D SketchUp models, the tips page is designed to help you with specific needs. We take requests and try to produce useful info for you to learn. There is also a Technology Link Page where we post new technologies to try to give you an idea of where the industry is headed.
Growing from a foreman to Superintendent can be a big step, but there are some basic principles to make a smoother transition. The Grow page has some basic ideas, suggestions and tools to help you grow.
This page is a call to action! We are constantly seeking YOUR input. We want to show off your job on our Picture of the Week or help get you noticed in the industry as one of our Spotlights of the Month. You can also share an industry related article or story by uploading your file on this page. It's easy to collaborate, just fill out your name, email, description, and upload your file.
Construction is amazing! Not only the structures but the people who build them; this page is to spotlight both. Each month there is a new spotlight either on a person or trade, videos pics and great stories, check it out!
The Foreman is where the majority of responsibilities fall. They control the major labor pools and deal with the most people on the job and directly supervise their own crews. Therefore, the foreman page has multiple sub pages of tools and info to help either current, newly promoted or soon to be foreman run their job and crews efficiently.
Free digital book library. We try to publish a new book every three weeks, covering topics from New Foreman to Self Consolidating Concrete. These are great tools to bookmark and share with your crew.
You can also sign up to receive weekly Constructorator blog updates by entering your email address below.
Think of your construction career as a game of chess, where one move can win or lose the game for you. Where a sequence of moves will earn you a promotion or one wrong decision can take you right out of the game. We have all witnessed the downfall of a coworker or from personal experience from one mistake. For example, if you had an argument with the wrong person and let your emotions get in the way using words you can’t take back or one decision that cost the company money and you a job.
So how can you play the game to your advantage?
I hear from almost every carpenter out there that they want to become a Foreman. It makes sense right? We should all want to progress and grow. If I had to guess, you were never given a defined path to get from laborer to carpenter or carpenter to foreman. This is something that I have personally struggled with in my career. I have seen companies make the mistake of promoting someone because they are a hard worker. Work ethic is only one of the skills that makes a good supervisor. Maybe you have had one of these as a foreman; the guy who works really hard but is a poor communicator and/or a poor planner. How did he/she perform as a supervisor? Probably not well. Working under one of these people can be extremely frustrating. The last thing you want is be promoted before you’re ready. This will only hurt you in the long run. I have compiled a list of the skills that I think make a foreman the crew will follow. Take a look and rate yourself on each to find your weakness. Once you have identified your weak points, start working to improve them. I find it best to work on one at a time, starting with the greatest need first.
Supervisors Skills Checklist
· Planning – You need to be proactive in your planning for safety, sequences, materials and equipment, not in the reactive firefighting drill.
· Communication – Ability to explain the plan, dynamic presenter for safety meeting etc., and clearly define expectations for safety, schedule, and production.
· Interpersonal Relationships – Letting others on your crew know that you care about them will gain their trust. Every supervisor should strive for an environment of trust and open communication.
· Technical skills – This one should go without saying, but you obviously need to know what it is the crew is working on. It’s should be an ongoing learning process, there is always something new to learn about every process.
Your future is up to you and you alone. Take it upon yourself to improve the skills needed to get you to where you want to be. Hard work will only get you so far, get yourself noticed and thought of as a leader by showing the skills listed above.
WANT TO CONTRIBUTE: EMAIL HERE