As we head into warmer weather — and as the economy continues re-open — many businesses are heading into their busy season—especially construction companies.
If that includes your company, you know all too well the craziness of summer, and how it affects you and your team. The rhythm of pounding hammers, saws, and nail guns will soon fill your head. The longer days, longer hours, and more intense schedule stretch everyone to their limits.
Tips to help you prepare ahead of time for the rush:
1. Follow Up with Your Clients – In all likelihood, you’ve spent your slower winter months scheduling out and booking up your summer. Take some time to follow up with those clients and clarify their vision for their projects and establish timelines.
2. Check Your Equipment –Take stock of your equipment and inventory. Is there anything that needs to be repaired? Is there anything that needs to be replaced? Is it time to invest in new or better tools and equipment? With manufacturing being a bit backed up currently (thanks, COVID-19), line your ducks up now.
3. Invest in PPE – We say it a lot, but it really can’t be over-stressed, invest in quality PPE for your crew. Summer rain and heat can affect PPE’s performance, so make sure to purchase water and weather-resistant equipment. In the summer heat, it’s vital that PPE also be comfortable and breathable. Remember that ill-fitting gear isn’t much better than no gear, so ensure everything is sized appropriately. Be aware of your female crewmembers when sizing equipment.
4. Expect the Best, but Plan for the Worst – Depending on your location, you might face weather patterns ranging from dense humidity to severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes. It’s always wise to be proactive rather than reactive.
- Pad your schedule — add weather contingency clauses to your contracts to give you a buffer in case weather stops your timeline.
- Run data — if the job is high-risk, run some numbers on how an adverse weather condition will affect progress and cost.
- Protect your job site — weatherproof with tarps, guard rails (for high winds), and shelter from rain and lightning.
- Establish and communicate your response plan should disaster strike.
5. Ramp Up Hiring – If you’re already planning on a busy summer, it’s not too early to hire additional crew members. The sooner you hire, the longer you’ll be able to train them and instill them with your company’s culture.
At Gillmann Services, we’re dedicated to supplying quality talent to our customers. Contact us today for your hiring needs. Remember, “We Work for You!”