In 2014 we have found success by working hard, meeting challenging goals and executing by means of hard work. However, replicating the same process will not ensure success in 2015, especially with the labor shortage having a significant impact on construction next year. Needless to say, in 2014 we worked harder, now it's time to work smarter. Start off with lessons learned from the year(check out a this article from FieldLens: Construction 2014: What 5 Industry Veterans Learned). Now, create a resource list, comparing it with next year's workload. Graph it out to locate critical areas/time-lines that will create problems. Key areas to focus on would be: task that requires a large labor pool, specialty task, labor intensive task and over-lapping projects all of which have the potential to disrupt or break a job. Once the critical areas of concern are identified, gather the crews and ask: how can we simplify steps of the task, where can we cut back on the need for manpower, what materials, technologies or ideas will help encourage a simplified process?
Start with asking the right question's and following up:
It's time to stop using the phrase "this is the way, we've always done it” and replace it with " How can WE keep improving", constructing it faster, simpler or easier on the crew. Don’t become complacent; complacency will only continue our rote way of learning. So change it up! Develop a creative minded atmosphere that will aspire crews to strive for nothing less of success.
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