Human nature is to fear the unknown, it is the path of least resistance to "stick to what we know". Don't get me wrong, we should strive to perfect what we do in our current roles weather it's carpentry, place and finish, layout, crew oversight, or project oversight. But if we get too comfortable in that role only, how are we going to advance? Our industry typically gives us little preparation and formal training to take the next step in our careers, few and far between are the leaders who separate themselves by learning the skills needed to advance. If you step up and take the initiative you will be noticed. We should all try to learn new technologies that will help us be more efficient.
How do you know what tools you need in the next role? If you aren't being mentored, you need to be vocal, ask what you need to be working on and learning, ask to be mentored, and or course ask us, Constructorator was built for this exact purpose! Reach out to us if you have questions we haven't answered in our existing content.
I can tell you first hand the labor shortage the industry has been predicting for the last few years is real and it's here. The opportunities are there, the whole country is in need of qualified field leaders. If the advancement you have your sights set on seems out of reach in your organization, I can almost guarantee someone is looking for a person with your skill set and ambition. This might be the hardest part, overcoming the fear of the unknowns in leaving your company. I know it can be scary, but how will you know how far your career can go if you limit it to your comfort zone within one organization? I'm not telling all of you to put your two weeks in tomorrow, but ask yourself if you're on the right path for your future career goals. We will never improve unless we push ourselves out of our comfort zone.
Why should they be filled out daily?
If you wait until the end of the week the cost coding will not be accurate, the time is not just used to pay the employees, the estimating department uses your numbers to aggressively bid work, so if you cheat one code to look good on another it could affect you on your next project if they use your numbers.
One of the reasons the foreman directly over the crew should fill out his crews time, they know exact durations and activities each person was working on. If you’re a general foreman and have 2-6 foreman on a job who each have 8-10 members it becomes very time consuming to accurately track not only their hours but proper cost coding as well.
Who should fill them out?
Gets them to start tracking hours, this way they can start to associate MH’s/Unit Cost when they see the weekly labor report. It also gives them responsibility they need the training to move up to the next level.
Double checked and sent in by GF/Super
Verify proper coding
Ensure they get to payroll at the end of the week.
Copy the Super/PM whoever wants to see them.
Set up a collaborative folder so everyone on the job can access on timesheet workbook, there are plenty of free platforms to choose from.
Drop box shared folder
When should they be turned in:
First, make sure they are Accurate:
Accuracy can’t be stressed enough, you need a true reading of your crews performance, as well as accounting and estimating need accurate information to process time and estimate accurately.
Then a Timely delivery; get in by the end of the week!
Mondays are to focus on the current week, not what you did last week.
Monday’s are the busiest day of the week, everyone is fresh and ready to go so don’t ignore a prime opportunity to start your week off right.
We're expected to accomplish task with the crews you have onsite, there’s not much you can do about the industry shortage on skilled workers. However, what we can control is our efficiency’s. By assessing every activity asking ourselves do we have the right equipment, tools, materials and plan. Let’s use wall forming as an example; handset Vs. modular panels. Both handset and modular forms have a place in construction, but if you have 12’ foundation walls and a five man crew, the efficient choice would be modular forms. The manpower needed for handset walls could be between 10 & 12 and with a modular clamp forming system your manpower would be between 5 & 6 and you would be done weeks quicker than a crew hand setting the walls.
Handset Forms (manpower needed)
(1) Forklift operator
(2) Drill and prep panels
(1-2) Install panel ties
(2) Set panel & install Johnny’s/Cams & whalers
(1) Feed 2x4’s
(1-2) Install bracing and scaffold brackets
(2) Feed sheets for the 8’-12’ lift
Modular Forms (manpower needed)
(1) Crane operator
(2) Set panel
(1-2) Brace panel
With every task we should be evaluating the process and using a step count comparison:
How many steps are needed to complete one-siding a handset wall section
1. Drill panels
2. Install plate
3. Set panel
4. Install ties
5. Install cams
6. Install whalers
7. Install bracing
How many steps are needed to complete one-siding a Modular wall section
1. Oil panel
2. Set Panel
3. Install bottom plate anchor
4. Brace Wall
The handset Vs. Modular forms comparison is just one example, you can take every task and break it down yourself to decide what's going to be the most efficient way to complete the task with your current manpower.
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