Before a house can be built, there first needs to be a strong foundation. The same can be said about a construction team. Before any project can be completed, the team working on it needs to be able to work together efficiently and effectively. There are four essential pieces to building a strong construction team: leadership, communication, establishing roles and setting goals.
A good team needs a good leader. To build an effective team, you first need to find a good leader. Evaluate the project and determine what type of leader will work best in order to complete the task. If you have already built out some of the team before finding a leader, work with them to determine the type of leadership that they work best under. A good leader can’t lead if they can’t connect with anyone.
A good team needs members that can communicate effectively with each other, and with the leadership. This doesn’t mean there should be someone who just yells out orders. It means lines of communication should be open, both upward and downward. Team members should feel informed about what is happening on a job site and internal news as well.
Though it may mean more time is spent in the recruiting process, when building a construction team, there should be a strong focus on roles. You want to ensure that there is a person that can fulfill every need on the team. Someone shouldn’t be hired just to have extra hands on the project. Team members should have a specific role. Few building projects call for a limited set of skills. Staff your team with experienced workers based on the project at the hand. If there’s electrical work involved, hire an electrician and not a contractor who has limited electrical knowledge.
In order to have a strong team, there needs to be clearly defined goals. While working on a project, all members of the team should know what the explicit goals are for this project, and how they can successfully achieve them. Team members should know what their part in achieving these goals are. When goals are achieved, make sure that they’re celebrated and those involved are appropriately acknowledged for their part. Recognizing your team’s accomplishments will help them to feel valued in their role.