Everything that can go wrong will go wrong – Murphey’s Law. Ever been on a project where this has happened. The project was tough to start with, a poor estimate with a seemingly impossible construction schedule, then a difficult client. But it all seemed to go downhill from there. The weather appeared to be against you, every time you got going it rained. The weather dried up and equipment broke. Productivity never seemed to reach where it should be. Then, of course, there were the mistakes, walls built in the wrong place, and substandard quality. Why does it all keep going wrong? Are the gods against us? Is the site cursed? We even get more irrational – maybe it’s the ghost of someone buried on the site? Have we offended someone’s ancestors? Call in the Ghostbusters!
Don’t get me wrong, fortunately, these projects don’t happen to most of us every day.
But when it does – morale dips on the project. Head Office is furious. In fact, everyone seems to be irate. The boss from Head Office stays away – strange but true. Ever want the Head Office honchos to not visit your project, then have a project where it all goes wrong. It’s like there’s a plague on the project! No one wants to visit a project in trouble. Why – lets rather go visit a project with a happy client, one that’s on schedule and making money! Who needs s..t in their life! Of course when someone from Head Office does occasionally visit it’s like a fire breathing dragon has arrived. Those on the project duck for cover. Those in the firing line are given dire ultimatums. Fix the project or you are out. Cut costs. Fire people. No excuses. It better be all sorted before my next visit. Sounding familiar. The dragon leaves. Morale drops even lower. The problems get worse.
If your construction project goes wrong implement these 11 steps
What can we do with the Gods appear to be against us on our construction project?
Construction problems require a team effort
Never underestimate the impact of poor morale on a construction project. It saps energy and reduces productivity. When your project is in trouble you need to get the best out of the team. Being proactive and tackling the problems where you can make a difference will often stop the project deteriorating further.
Never think the problems are over or that things will miraculously right themselves – they seldom do. Waiting on a miracle will only lead to more disappointment and a more distressed project. You have to make the difference with the help of your team.
How bad has your worst project been? What went wrong and why?
This article was first published on the ClockShark website.
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