Running a site can be challenging, with so many different areas to cover, there is a lot to manage. This can be made much easier if you define priorities and create an action plan for each.
Here are some priorities that you should consider:
It goes without saying that safety needs to be the top priority of any worksite. With so many potential accidents that could occur, it can be incredibly detrimental if safety isn’t taken seriously. Fortunately, there are many ways to set up and maintain a safe work environment. With just some examples including:
Toolbox talks – a common tool used in the construction industry, toolbox talks involve discussing different aspects of health and safety, allowing everyone working on-site to gain a better understanding of how they can make improvements to operate.
HSE displays – Working on any site, the amount of HSE information to digest can be overwhelming. Creating informative, accessible displays is an effective way of keeping crucial best practices at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Unfortunately, the construction industry is a large contributor of carbon emissions. With climate change becoming an increasing problem, it is no longer an option to ignore the issue and it is important to take proactive steps to reduce the environmental impact caused by work.
Site managers can’t be expected to know where to get started when it comes to making positive steps forward. Construction companies could most definitely benefit from ecg consulting to help accelerate the change to more eco-conscious ways of working.
Once a better understanding has been gained, the adoption of new ways of working and new incentives can be introduced to a site. These will completely vary from site to site but could include the use of hybrid vehicles, car-share initiatives, and changing to suppliers with greener credentials.
A worksite is nothing without its team. Therefore, focusing on team satisfaction is an impactful way to make positive changes, and needs to be prioritised.
An effective way to begin putting a team first is to conduct a feedback survey to gauge how they are currently feeling and assess site morale. Ask team members to put forward their ideas on how the site could be improved. Giving honest feedback can be intimidating, so it could be useful to make the survey anonymous, so people feel more confident in sharing their true opinions.
Once feedback has been received and collated from a wide cross-section of the site team, it is then time to start actioning improvements. Make sure to involve the team in these changes and demonstrate how their requests are being dealt with.
For any feedback that can’t be actioned, make sure to still address this with the team and provide clarity and reasoning behind decisions being made. Being listened to and involved in change will help to improve job satisfaction which in turn will result in greater outputs.