How To Improve As A Construction Project Manager

We are going to change up the focus of today’s blog, as we are apt to do. A while ago, we dedicated a few blogs to talk about the unique qualities of CAT equipment. A few blogs later, we discussed how proud we are to be a Caterpillar equipment dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. More particularly, we are passionate about the organization’s dedication to sustainability and ethical business practices. If you get the time, we’d love it if you clicked back and took a look at those blogs — there’s some pretty great information we were able to unearth and shine the proverbial spotlight on. 

But, as we mentioned above, we are changing gears one more time. Rather than talk about particular products or services we offer at Wagner Equipment, Co, the top CAT equipment dealer in Colorado, we’ll be offering up our two cents about how construction project managers can improve in their roles. It’s not an easy job, to be clear, so don’t think of us as judging you from our high horses! Instead, please understand that we want our customers and readers to succeed. And while not all of our readers are construction company owners, foremen, or managers, we think everyone who reads this blog will be able to glean one or two valuable pieces of advice as it relates to the management of people and processes. 

Let’s dive in!

Great Managers Are Great Planners

At the risk of sounding a bit simplistic, a vital contributor to the success of any construction company is to have a fleshed-out plan in place a long time before the execution takes place. We’ve probably all heard our parents (or grandparents) use the term, “measure twice, cut once,” and that principle applies perfectly in this instance. 

We think it’s probably fair to say that most of the problems that crop up on the job site stem from poor planning, in one way or another. That’s why it’s crucial for the leaders on your team be detailed-obsessed when planning. This means carefully considering your budget, setting realistic deadlines which account for potential delays, being a proactive communicator with your staff and customers, and organizing a clear and concise work schedule with your crew. If everyone is one the same page, the work will get done much more easily and smoothly. 

Having an actionable plan in place before the project begins gives everyone a road map so they can prepare themselves. Include incremental benchmarks so your workers know if they are on schedule or not. 

Hire The Right Kind Of People

Hiring high-quality human beings covers a multitude of errors, so if you remember just one thing from today’s blog, it should probably be this point — invest in choosing the right kind of people when you are hiring. And while, admittedly, no one is going out there looking for the wrong kind of people, some just don’t allocate enough time or care to the hiring process. 

As far as we are concerned, it’s not exaggerating to say that your workforce is your business. Hiring motivated, productive people with integrity can literally make the difference between the success and failure of your business. You might be the best manager in the world, but it would all end up in flames if you hire poorly. Why? You aren’t a superhero — you can’t quality-check every single project from front to back. You need accountable workers who you can trust to get the job done right. 

So, if you don’t know where to start, think about your current staff. Who do you trust? What do you like about them? Are their qualities shared by other people on your team? Can you look for people with those qualities on their team, or even ask the people you trust for referrals? That should be a good place to start. 

Lead & Empower

The final piece of advice we’ll provide in today’s blog flows logically from our previous point. Once you are staffed with high-quality people, you can begin to impart pearls of wisdom to grow your workforce up in autonomy and competence. We recommend frontloading this investment of time and energy into your people. Why? Taking the time to train people correctly will save you time in the long-run. Otherwise, they might end up doing a variety of tasks incorrectly, which will cause you a headache of epic proportions down the road. 

You don’t want to be a micro-manager. You might think you do, but deep down, you know that trusting your trustworthy crew beats the heck out of the alternative. Not only is being a micromanager time consuming and frustrating for you, but it can cause resentment to spread on your staff. People like being trusted just like people like increased responsibility, generally speaking. If you want your people to buy in, you’ve got to give them the chance to succeed. 

It doesn’t have to be all at once, either. Start slowly, and reward success with more opportunity. Investing in your employees is hugely important as it leads to reduced turnover and a more satisfied crew. If your crew is fulfilled, they will probably be more productive as a result!

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