Table of contents:
- Working days are running - somehow
- Employees work - on their own
- Work equipment in the wrong place
- Work is not documented
- Optimized construction site - one process
Video: Construction Site Organization - This Makes The Construction Site More Effective
There is massive frictional loss, especially in the construction site organization. How can the most common productivity guzzlers be contained here?
Author: David Recker | Photo: Brillux
It is a truism: Those who work less effectively and therefore less productively than they could burn hard cash. Even worse: it not only harms your wallet, but also your nerves. Craft owners can sing a song about it. They regularly cite construction site processes as the source of productivity losses in operation. It is difficult to work with the customer and other trades. Not everything runs smoothly in the team itself. In the end, not only does a lot of time fall by the wayside: the boss tears himself up between all the big and small problems on the individual construction sites. Stress and pressure grow. At this point at the latest, the question arises of how to make the construction sites more efficient so that the operating result can be improved and, at the same time, relieve the owner. The solution lies in better structuring and consistent delegation, clear communication and precise documentation of all tasks - or in short: in an optimized construction site organization. But how do you tackle this complex issue? Best: pragmatic, step by step and with concrete improvements, even with only supposed little things. We present the most common time wasters and chaos sources around the construction site and show how it can be done better. Step by step and with concrete improvements, even with just supposed little things. We present the most common time wasters and chaos sources around the construction site and show how it can be done better. Step by step and with concrete improvements, even with just supposed little things. We present the most common time wasters and chaos sources around the construction site and show how it can be done better.
Working days are running - somehow
The working day begins at 7 a.m. But that does not mean that everyone is immediately productive. In many companies, the first idling occurs. If each individual employee or individual team is instructed verbally by the boss in the upcoming daily tasks, the others turn their thumbs. The same can happen on the construction site itself: if the employees are not clear about the tasks, they have already forgotten the oral work instructions and have to ask the boss, this takes time again. Here you can and should optimize. Clearly written employee instructions on what exactly to do with which materials are of great help here. These employee instructions should be compiled the evening before. Then the working day for everyone can actually start at 7 a.m.
Employees work - on their own
Every employee has their technical strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, a colleague whose absolute hobbyhorse is filigree interior work will not necessarily work effectively when gluing ETICS panels. Good site organization therefore also means giving the right employee the right job. This is where a personnel deployment plan helps, which divides the best teams for the respective construction site days and weeks in advance.
Working into the blue is also the origin of reduced effectiveness. It is very different when you have a goal in mind. More and more companies are having very good experiences with daily goals for every employee. They are specified in writing or - in the case of experienced and motivated employees - created by yourself.
It is equally good for productivity as for the motivation of the employee and to relieve the boss that holistic responsibility is transferred. However, in addition to responsibility, clear information must also be given as to which task should be carried out and in what form.
Work equipment in the wrong place
Material is missing, tools cannot be found or machines are parked on another construction site: Hardly anything else brings so much sand into the transmission of a construction site and costs as much time as non-existent work equipment. Quickly getting two buckets of dispersion or having the tool added to the construction site by the boss eats a lot of hours every year. And certainly many more than it costs to solve this problem with fixed structures.
This includes the loading list for every construction site vehicle. It is created during the day. In the evening, the responsible employees load the vehicle with all the necessary tools for the next day based on this specification. This promotes personal responsibility - and the next morning you can start straight away.
In addition, a minimum stock of consumables such as adhesive tapes or cover films should always be in stock in the vehicle. A minimum inventory and the specifically named responsible employee ensure that this also works.
Against forgetting - e.g. B. from machines on the construction site or from daily consumables - other, less complex organizational measures also work. Every larger tool and, of course, machines should be identified with a company sticker.
Work is not documented
The construction site went well - but how did it go in detail? Work can only be effectively accounted for and documented to the building owner with consistent documentation.
A detailed time recording of each employee in the appropriate forms is of course mandatory. It is important that everyone really enters all the work here. Services for building owners are very often provided on the side, not documented and consequently also not billed: this is 100 percent at the expense of the company.
A report or director's or work report on the documentation of work performance and material consumption should be submitted in the agreed cycle - daily or weekly - without exception and delay in the company office. This is the basis - for an overview, for invoicing or even post-calculations during the project period.
Of course, the acceptance report including a list of defects is also indispensable. If an employee has been responsible for the construction site, it is of course his responsibility to create and make an appointment with the client. This promotes entrepreneurial thinking and personal responsibility.
Optimized construction site - one process
Improved site organization has a lot of potential for a better operating result and better working conditions for the boss and all employees. This awareness is important: Because improvements are changes, the value of which everyone involved must first recognize and accept. Therefore, the employees should be brought on board and the optimizations implemented step by step. External impulses are of course also helpful. In the seminar “Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action for Employees” at the Brillux Academy, journeyman and master learn why and how a well-managed construction site benefits the company and them personally.
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