As a large portion of the country is starting to defrost from the winter, it’s time to look ahead to the warmer months. Along with the higher temperatures and sunny weather comes more work and hectic schedules for those in the construction industry.
Today, we’re sharing seven tips to help you prepare for the busy construction season, so you can get ahead of the work to come and make the most of these productive months.
1. Ramp Up Hiring Efforts
Before beginning new projects and tackling each task on your summer schedule, you’ll want to have a full team of skilled and prepared employees. The key to having the best possible crew is to hire early, to give your employees time to be trained and to acclimate to the company culture before you and your team get caught up in projects. Workers with excellent work ethic and specialized skills will be hired quickly, so be sure you’re filling your team in time.
2. Train New Team Members
After hiring new team members, you’ll want to take some time to prepare them for working with the rest of the team when the busy season begins. If you haven’t already, create an employee handbook. Go over safety precautions, guidelines you expect employees to follow, and procedures in place for each project you work on.
While you’re at it, you might consider some professional development opportunities for current employees as well. The industry is constantly changing with new technology and innovative techniques. This is a good time to brush up on skills and learn about the latest industry changes.
3. Purchase Additional Equipment
Along with training new employees, one important task to complete before beginning summer projects is to make sure your equipment is up to date and ready to go. That starts with giving your current equipment an inspection to make sure everything is in good working order. While you’re at it, be sure to go over your inventory of any supplies that you’ll need when you start working on projects of a larger scale.
After you’ve assessed what you already have to work with, you might notice some things that need to be updated or areas of the inventory that needs to be added to. This is the ideal time to get a jumpstart on these purchases. Take a look at some of the financing options available to you, receive funding quickly, and start making the important purchases that help you provide quality results for your clients.
4. Review Scheduled Summer Projects
Throughout the winter, you’ve likely lined up your projects from home and business owners to start when the weather breaks. This is when you’ll want to reach out to those clients and get the details of each job ironed out. Details will let you put together a timeline, so you can be sure you have the workers to handle the job and can get an idea of how many more jobs you’ll be able to fit into your workload.
5. Fill Schedule Gaps with Additional Projects
Those projects that you’ve been lining up over the winter months will be the foundation of your summer schedule. After you’ve met with those clients and built timelines for each project, you’ll have a good idea of what your upcoming months will look like. Then you can fill in the gaps with smaller projects that will be less time-consuming. These projects will help to maximize your time during the warm weather months.
6. Step Back and Recharge Before the Busy Season Begins
You already know from years past that the summer months will be fast paced, and you’ll be left with little time to look around and evaluate how things are going. That’s why it’s important to do this ahead of time. Take some time to reflect on the previous year and go over where you felt your team excelled, along with where improvements could be made going forward.
Along with reflecting on the business, be sure you’re focusing on your health and well-being as well. Developing healthy habits like getting enough sleep each night will help you prepare for the hectic schedule and long days you’ll soon be facing.
7. Build Team Morale
As most small business owners know, the success of a business depends on the team you have working for you. A loyal, skilled, and hard working team will keep your construction company running smoothly and will keep projects on track throughout the busy season. Show your employees that you value and appreciate them and keep that positivity going throughout the summer months.
One way to do this is by planning a team outing. Find time when you and your employees can get away for a day to grow together as a team. Plan a team building activity like dividing into two teams for a scavenger hunt or working together to survive an escape room. You’ll learn how to better work together and might have some fun while you’re at it.
When you take time to prepare yourself, your team, and your company for the busy summer construction season, you can set your business up for your most productive and profitable season yet.
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