Day 4: There are old school mentalities in construction that most people can’t seem to shake. I understand why, but I don’t follow the philosophy. “Everything is a priority. And my job is the most important job.” This hard push from the project managers and superintendents is how we keep a job moving.
But I’m of the mindset that our subs, if they choose to be, can be insanely valuable members of a team. I do what I can to look out for them, if they also understand that we are working towards a united end goal.
Like today, our flooring guy came in ready to fight people. His work overlapped with our painters, but both tasks were very important and needed to be done today. I acknowledged the frustration our flooring guy felt, but still had to explain to him how we needed to take the extra few minutes to coordinate work with the painter.
The flooring guy came around. As the morning went on, he became calmer. He realized we weren’t trying to get in his way, that all I was asking for was teamwork. He knew I am looking out for him AND the painter. While he didn’t say much, the painter foreman did make it a point to thank me. It was definitely something I wasn’t expecting today. It was nice though. It wasn’t what I expected to hear come from the painter who just the other day was definitely rolling his eyes behind my back. 😂
Taking the time to hear people out and explain the method to your madness. It goes a long way, I promise. Sometimes these guys get frustrated because they just don’t understand where you are coming from. But help them understand that you are all on the same team, and the work will come together beautifully.
Now I get to leave early because we had awesome, hardworking guys today. 🥳