4 ways to increase teamwork in construction projects

Team work is one of the most vital issue needed at work to attain a common goal and objectives. Simply bringing different people together can’t make a good team but to have a smooth cooperation and collaboration in a construction project, these following tips and techniques can help you:

 Shared goals and vision; The first step to be taken is to define the goals and vision of the construction project then communicates to all members. Shared vision is the key to motive and inspire team members. A good vision needs to create the sense of common purpose and ownership for every individual in the project People need to understand what they are working towards and how they contribute to the common objectives . A good goal should be SMART: Specific, Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time-bound  

Roles and Responsibilities; in a construction project, there are many different groups such as architects, designers, engineers, owners, investors, contractors, subcontractors. These work groups must have close connection with each other to meet the deadline and accomplish the overall goals of the project. There should be assignment of roles and responsibilities for each team member. To have the best results, the leaders should understand the strengths and weaknesses of each individual to match the work with their competencies and without duplicating their team members’ efforts.

Conflict resolution; when people work together, conflict is unavoidable. It often stems from different points of view, misunderstandings and interpersonal problems. With the diversity workforce in construction industry, managers and supervisors need to keep an eye on every employee to recognize and handle conflicts immediately. Such skills as active listening, communication, negotiation, problem solving and decision making are needed for all leaders to effectively resolve potential conflict. Never let small problems become big issues, which easily lead you to be out of control. 

Building trust: People perform their best when they feel engaged, trusted and respected enough. You can create an environment of trust by increasing and encouraging feedback from all participants and tracking day-to-day work activities to timely adjust.  As a leader, you should show your openness and loyalty to your employees first. When your employees from different professions know each other well, they will cooperate more effectively.