I frequently get asked how many workers can a Supervisor or Foreman look after? Or, how many people do I need to supervise and manage my construction project?
Well the answer to these questions depends on a number of factors which we discuss in this article.
I’ve often been on construction projects which were understaffed. In fact I’ve probably been guilty of having too few staff on many of my construction projects. This creates stress for the Project Manager and other staff, often resulting in them working excessive hours, sometimes making inappropriate decisions because they’ve not had time to analyse the facts correctly. Safety and quality are compromised because staff spend inadequate time on the project site ensuring the work meets the required standards. Details get overlooked. Productivity of the workers is often poor since they are not supervised effectively and don’t have the materials and equipment to execute the tasks because their managers haven’t ordered them.
Of course the converse is also true and the construction project shouldn’t be over-staffed with too many managers and supervisors. Too many people not only leads to inefficiencies and additional costs, but can result in people becoming bored.
What impacts the staffing on construction projects
The number and type of staff required for a construction project depends on a number of factors including:
Do you always require the best and most senior people for a project?
Sometimes the contractor doesn’t have to use their most senior or experienced staff on a construction project; in fact sometimes senior staff can be detrimental on small construction projects as they:
Important notes for staffing construction projects
The project should have an organisation chart which shows the staff, their positions, responsibilities and reporting structures.
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This article is an extract from the book 'Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide.'
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