Experienced contractors will tell you that a job site is very similar to a complex machine. Just like any mechanism that relies on interconnected parts and processes, each job site requires a certain degree of precision and coordination to successfully perform at its full capacity.
Productive job sites don’t develop on their own. They are created through smart decision-making, planning and attention to detail. Any error in the process can cause an imbalance in the system. Here are three tips you can follow to ensure that your job sites attain maximum productivity.
Ask a veteran project manager what the key to their success has been, and they will likely tell you that having a plan of action and following a schedule are crucial elements of job-site productivity. This may seem obvious, but it can be easy to neglect when things get hectic, and it can become tempting to adopt a “one-day-at-a-time” approach. Not only does planning ahead give you an idea of what you need to get done in a certain timeframe, it also gives you a chance to prepare the necessary equipment, materials and supplies required to complete tasks per the overall schedule – something other contractors who may be working on the same project will surely appreciate.
Planning ahead also provides your crew with an opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for certain tasks, as well as prepare the proper clothing, materials and tools needed to complete them. When your crew is informed and ready for the job they need to complete, they work faster and more efficiently.
Embrace New Technology
Even though it can be difficult for some to accept, utilizing new technology has become an increasingly efficient way of completing many tasks on the job site. Tools available via your smartphone, for example, can make it easier to manage productivity, while the metrics and data provided can make identifying inefficiencies and problem areas much simpler.
Technology can also make important yet tedious jobs less of a chore. DSG, for example, offers contractors access to the Safety Meeting App. This easy-to-use online tool eliminates the stress of planning regularly scheduled safety meetings by doing the work for you. As a result, you can spend more time on project management and less on paperwork.
Ensure Easy Access To Inventory
There’s nothing more frustrating for contractors than burning up valuable production time searching through disorganized materials and supplies. After all, time is money. Fortunately, DSG helps contractors overcome this issue by providing on-site trailers. Through this service, DSG provides you with an on-site trailer stocked with the parts and products you need for a specific project. As a result, these supplies are always on hand when you need them. Not only does it ensure that you and your crew have easy access to your crucial equipment, it also minimizes project delays, improves productivity and keeps inventory safe.
Nobody ever said that maintaining a productive job site was easy. Even with advances in modern technology and a wide array of helpful services, contractors will always have their work cut out for them. However, it is safe to say that following these three helpful tips can make it less of a daunting task.
To find out more about DSG’s different programs and services aimed at increasing job-site productivity, contact your DSG representative.