Strategy to Maintain Organized Work Sites
Updated: Sep 4
An unorganized or messy job site indicates to owners, potential clients, visitors, suppliers, and staff that efficiency is lacking.
Here are a few other signals it could be giving off:
Team members are overwhelmed.
The possibility of injury is heightened.
Management capability is inadequate.
Potential revenue is being lost.
Organizing the Work Site is no Small Feat
Organizing the construction job site for safer and more efficient operations takes patience and understanding to sort through the placement of equipment, tools, and materials. On top of that, you need the whole team’s cooperation to keep your job site orderly. But there are some strategies you can use to keep your job site organized and functioning well.
Developing a positive company culture concerning organized and uncluttered worksites is vital. Then it becomes standard operating procedure, and everyone knows what is expected.
Even though each job site is different, maintaining a consistent sequence of placement and deployment is possible. The allotted space dimensions and proximity may vary, but the needs, objectives, and functions remain the same.
Just as good personal habits and routines make it possible to function more effectively and efficiently, so do job site routines that make it easier for your employees to complete their daily tasks. Such simple behaviors as returning tools to their allotted place or placing the most used items in the most accessible storage space save time which also translates to saving money. (Think about not paying someone an hourly wage to spend time searching for the proper tool or materials.)
Regularly Train Staff
Regular training concerning tactics and the importance of maintaining an organized working environment keeps everyone in the loop. Whether a new inventory app is deployed or a new physical setup is implemented, regular training gives your employees the support they need to function more efficiently.
Consistency (as mentioned above) doesn’t negate the need for a certain amount of flexibility in the physical setup or routines as dictated by the job site conditions or changed objectives.
Down to Brass Tacks
The same tactics used in organizing other spaces should be implemented when planning and maintaining an organized work site.
Categorize items being used or stored
Use zones to differentiate
Label zones, as well as items
Place like with like
Determine the frequency of use to help decide the “where” of storage
Make room for receiving
The benefits of an organized worksite include the following:
Making your operations more efficient.
Protecting your workers’ safety.
Avoiding damage to equipment and tools.
Reducing the cost caused by wasted materials or lost time searching.
At the End of the Day
Being sure that the work site is neat, orderly, and clean at the end of each workday is essential. Maintaining an organized work site for the project’s duration may require more.
Depending on the length of the job, schedule a quick cleaning weekly, once a month, or as appropriate to ensure that everything is up-to-date, fully functioning, and in place. Adopt a cycle-updated maintenance system best suited to each project.
Reflection: Is there room for improvement in maintaining an organized work site in your company? How will you improve your construction company’s attitude, processes, or procedures concerning maintaining an organized work site?
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Clients and customers
Employees and subcontractors
Vendors and service providers
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