THREE SKILLS EVERY FOREMAN NEEDS
Construction foremen are in high demand right now as more and more foremen retire. The role of foreman is an extremely important one in the construction world. Foremen lead the crews on the project. They are the middleman between the project managers and the field team. So just what does it take to be successful as a foreman? The foremen role is a significant one that requires many skills but if we had to narrow it down to just three, these would be the most important.
- Communication. As we mentioned earlier, the foremen has to communicate back and forth between two distinct groups – the project manager in the office and the crew executing the work on site. For a construction project to be successful, all parties need to be on the same page. A good foreman will meet with their crews every day to go over the goals for the day ahead. These huddles are a good time to go over any safety reminders, and any other work-related updates. In addition, a good foremen will meet regularly with the project manager and will relay any necessary information back and forth.
- Proactive. In addition to having many moving parts, construction projects are on tight schedules and budgets. Successful foremen will always be thinking ahead and looking at the next tasks to anticipate any roadblocks or unforeseen issues. The goal of a foreman is to keep work running smoothly for the crew. Staying on top of the project scope, plan changes, and challenges will keep the project on track, and the customer happy.
- Relationship Builder. Construction is hard work. Crews work in the heat, cold, and rain doing work that is physically demanding. A crew that likes and respects their foreman will be much more motivated to work hard. Getting to know your crews also allows you to learn each crew member’s individual work and learning style. This enables you to be a better teacher, leader, and manager.
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