Communication on a construction site is very important because without proper communication, accidents can happen and construction mistakes can be made. If you are finding that the communication at your construction site is not as good as it should be or you have had quite a few mistakes or accidents occur, then it may be time to make some changes to the way you all communicate.
Here are 5 tips to improve the communication at your construction site:
Ask Specific Questions
If you are unsure if your workers are listening or if they understand what you are saying, you should ask them specific questions about what you just told them. These questions will let all your workers know that they are expected to listen when you are speaking to them and it will clear up any misunderstandings before a problem arises.
Use Technology Accordingly
Technology is a great tool to use, but it is not something that should be used for every part of the project. Information can get lost or it may not be received in time. The best way for you to use technology is to create updates about basic information as well as basic notifications like shipping delays.
Technology is also a great way to update records because there can be a log-on tracking device as well as date stamps of when a person made a change and who that person was. This keeps everyone accountable for their actions and ensures that people are paying attention to every detail.
All your workers may know that they have a task to do, but they may not realize that their task affects the tasks of others on the job site. They may not realize that they need to tell another worker when they are finished with a portion of the project so that the other worker can begin what they need to do. You should ensure that all your workers understand who they need to speak with and when during the entire project.
Avoid Noisy Areas if Possible
The number one issue of communication on construction sites is that it is so noisy that no one can hear what is being said. We recommend that you make sure that no one is working while the meetings are taking place or you head inside to a trailer to conduct your meeting. A lot of miscommunication can be stopped with this simple plan.
Improved communication can solve a lot of issues on construction sites and it will keep the workers and the managers happier. You will find that you will have fewer accidents and fewer mistakes as soon as communication is handled in a better way. Call us at 407-316-8544 to discuss ways to improve communication during your upcoming construction project in the Orlando area or in other areas of central Florida.