Your job as a field supervisor is to oversee the actual work in progress, but what does
that mean exactly? Do you track progress, labor costs, or product quality? If not you
better start right now.
How do we track schedule? We typically get a 3 or 4 week look ahead schedule from
our Superintendent, or just get to see the overall schedule for the job. How should you
use these to create work flows and understand what you and your crew are being
tasked with day by day?
Take the initiative to schedule your own work. It's up to you to simplify your own
schedule. The first step should be to find the duration and scope. Look for milestones
on the schedule that drive your completion. Once you have a timeline and quantified
amount of work you should be able to assign X amount of work to Y amount of time. I
would suggest setting weekly goals. This will give you and your crew a goal to work
towards every week. After you set weekly goals you should break that down into daily
goals. Use the same process X amount of work divided by days in your work week. If
you clearly communicate your week goal and daily goal to your crew you will be
shocked how they will "buy in" to the task at hand. Focus your crew's efforts into bite
sized goals everyday. This will help take away that feeling of being overwhelmed by the
overall scope and give you the ability to track schedule everyday and on every task.
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