Leadership style can lead to a quick build or result in a lower grade build. Faulty communication leads to overproduction and a rise in the budget. Materials can easily be over-ordered and not used. This creates an overstock of unusable material that goes to waste. There are several methods to help avoid overspending and keeps job sites productive.
Firmly Establish Construction Duties
Clarity of job duties helps reduce time wastes on a build. Having workers standing around, not doing anything is a waste of company time. Making sure everyone has a task to perform creates a more productive use of the budget. Quality builds can only happen if the whole team works together. There should also be a clear understanding of who each worker should report to when they need help. If a worker is unsure and attempts a task they cannot perform, this could result in injury. Creating a clear understanding of managers can help avoid unnecessary costs due to injury.
Keeping Communication In Check
Communication is the heartbeat of every project. When communication issues occur, errors easily follow. Whether it’s an unsent email or a forgotten phone call, communication slips can avalanche into problems. Asking questions and following up after conversations can help prevent those errors. It cost more to fix an error than to correctly do it the first time.
Don’t Over-Do Quality Control
Checking quality is an essential task that should be closely observed. While most processes are most efficient with a 2 check process, some companies try and overdo it. Any additional checks create an increase in labor.
Keep Inventory Tight
Ideally, there should be no extra materials at the end of a project. Although a minimal amount is not terrible, supplies shouldn’t be hoarded. Having a large inventory after project completion wastes money and storage space. Spending on additional inventory lowers the profit rewarded at the end of construction. This reflects poorly on the project managers who supervised the construction process. If extra waste does occur during a project, it is good practice to try and find other companies that may want to use it.
Without carefully monitoring construction projects, hidden costs can build-up throughout the project. There are several methods to prevent this but keeping a close look at the process can be the most efficient route.