Four Signs of a Successful Foreman

For construction contractors, successful projects mean future repeat business and a strong reputation in the industry. In many cases, the success of a project comes down to the foreman running the job. Foremen are tasked with completing high quality work safely, on strict budgets and with tight deadlines pushing the project’s pace. A good foreman will do many things well but a truly successful foreman will possess the four qualities listed below.

  1. Organization. Construction projects require thorough planning, attention to detail and precision. A successful foremen will constantly plan, track progress, provide specific training and keep their crew well equipped with the right materials and tools at all times.
  1. Strong rapport with Crew. Ever hear the saying, “people work for people, not companies?” When it comes to construction, this statement could not be any truer. Each foreman manages their own team and their ability to bond and work well with their crew is essential for the success of the project. Successful foremen will get to know their crews, work alongside them and communicate effectively to keep the crew’s energy and motivation high.
  1. Willingness to address issues. People make mistakes and things go wrong sometimes. Construction projects almost always come with a few bumps in the road. The best foremen are the ones who address and communicate issues effectively. The successful foreman will confront problems immediately and handle them efficiently.
  1. Passion. The most skilled and talented foremen are often the ones with the most passion. They love what they do and they’re proud of the work they accomplish. They hold themselves and their crews to a standard of quality and excellence and they hone their skills through years of dedication to improving and perfecting their craft.