Walk a day in the boots of a construction worker and a few things might surprise you. Even if you work in construction, the day-to-day of another construction worker might be completely different than you initially thought. Construction sites include a variety of jobs and trades, competing priorities, and hard-hitting deadlines. Managing all of that takes a lot of teamwork, in terms of individual teams and the company as a whole.
Teamwork includes open communication and everyone contributing to improve the workplace to safely and successfully achieve the construction goal. Good teamwork makes the job site safer and the work more efficient. That is why Wollam Construction is committed to cooperation on the job site and off of it.
Here are some of the ways teamwork makes a difference in the construction industry.
How Teamwork Helps in Construction
Good construction businesses are built through teamwork. These teams understand the importance of sharing information as a team and building trust. When individual workers make the commitment to be team players and feel that they are part of a team, everyone wins. Not only will productivity and quality improve the project, but the overall safety will increase, as well. Here are a few of the other ways teamwork changes the scope of a construction project.
Safety as a Core Value
Teamwork puts the safety of the team first. Through years of experience, our team understands that our team must know we care about their safety. Developing a safety culture driven by strong leadership, planning, communication, and hazard elimination is all a part of building a team.
Wollam Construction believes that all injuries and occupational illnesses, as well as safety and environmental incidents, are preventable, and is committed to a goal of zero for all of them. Through our teamwork, we can implement our message of safety to all levels of our organization and its craft workforce. We’re committed to providing a safe, injury-free work site.
Along with safety, teamwork also enables us to have clear and open lines of communication. Good communication means that everyone can voice their opinion. If every member of your team feels empowered to voice their opinion, that means a better, more trustworthy workforce. Building trust ensures that workers are comfortable sharing their suggestions and concerns. This open communication will also translate into more successful projects, as well.
Identifies Who Does What
Since construction jobs involve a myriad of tasks and trades, teamwork also clearly identifies who does what and how the project goes. As construction projects began and collaboration used, workers will clearly understand the importance of their tasks. From the bottom to the top, everyone will encourage each other and praise the work of their co-workers as projects continue. This builds trust and ensures that the entire project flows together as one. If teamwork is not included, many workers would feel confused, under-valued, and unappreciated in the workplace. Not only will the negatively contribute to the employee’s day-to-day lifestyle but the entire longevity of the projects they work on.
Foregoes Any Shortcuts
Complicated construction projects are simplified when teams work together. As the team at Wollam Construction begins each project, we clearly outline each task, day, milestone, and purpose of the project. By doing this, we explain to each manager the details of their work and how vital it is to the project. These upper-level employees can then relay to their workers what is expected of them. Not only can these clear lines of communication boost the efficiency of the team as a unit but also increases our chances of success as no section of the team changes-up the process as we move forward. If we expect our employees to stick together as a team, we must communicate the importance of the process and the tole the play in it.
Fosters Team Growth
As people work together on construction sites and in any workplace environment, conflict is unavoidable. It often stems from different points of view, misunderstandings, and interpersonal problems. With the high-stress environment of a heavy civil construction job site, managers and supervisors need to set an example as team players. Such skills as active listening, communication, negotiation, problem-solving, and decision-making can genuinely make all the difference. When our leaders effectively resolve potential conflict, it fosters team growth. As a result, everyone is positively impacted. Together, as a team, you can work through problems and come out the other side, all the better for it.
At Wollam Construction, we work together as a team to accomplish all of the work on our plate. We have found that this helps in the success of our projects and improves the lives of each of our employees. To learn more about our team’s success and how our efforts can change the scope of your project, contact us.