Creating Systems for Consistent Construction Company Standards
It may sound so cliche but having a good system in your construction company definitely produces consistent and great performance. Completing every construction project on-time and on-budget is one of the end results for having a systematized business. Other clear results that you will get out of running good systems for construction company standards are quality of workmanship, safe working environment, repeat clients, even more potential clients and last but not the least, making a good profit.
In this article you will learn how to formulate, organize and create your own systems for your construction company and then produce consistent results.
Start your system by finding out which areas in your construction business that needs to be changed. Keep a list of notable areas where you think you can improve by making amendments on the process.
Essentially, the systems for each area of your construction company are designed by the people who actually do the work for a certain division. For example, you have a different system for estimation, planning, bids, contracts, materials and equipment, manpower, etc. Now, each system created for a certain department or area of your construction firm will be drafted to create a Company Standard. Essentially, the people that should be responsible for drafting this are your project manager, head engineer, foreman, journeyman and other main people that will systemize a field standard.
The first thing that should be considered here is your “end in mind”. What do you envision? What do you wish to achieve? Create a checklist of your desired outcomes and include a way on how you can verify or test the standard.
4. Implement and Train
In your regular meetings, the created system should be presented to the entire company. Since the formulated system will now become a company standard, there will be no exceptions. Everyone should follow the system in order to find out if the new process improves the performance of your construction company or not.
5. Monitor and Track
Now that you have implemented your systems, you will need a tracking mechanism that will look into the work flow in different areas. The persons that are responsible for monitoring this are the ones that created the systems – project manager, head engineer, foreman, etc.
6. Evaluate and Improve
Make an assessment on how the system is working for your construction company. Take note of some situations that may occur as a problem while following the system. Try to make amends and formulate more systems to improve every aspect of your construction business.