Turn It On
We hear a lot about craft engagement. What exactly does this mean? In my opinion, it means getting our craft people to play a bigger role in our operations. I think this means they speak up and have an opinion, not just in safety, but in every aspect of our work. We work hand in hand with them to develop procedures and work plans that are workwise. Their experience can help us build things more productively and safer. Combined with strong engineering, it will make you more competitive and stronger as a company.
Ways to turn on Craft Engagement:
Ask their opinion, listen to what they have to say, and then take action.
Involve them in the plan beforehand, their input is invaluable.
Communicate the schedules–Daily, Weekly and Monthly.
Give them opportunities to train and lead, the best teacher is one who has been there and done it before.
Share information on safety, quality, and production.
You're only as strong as your weakest link. And if you don't know why your link is weak, you'll continue to run into issues, misunderstandings, and potential risk on the jobsite. Keep those channels of communication open, turn on craft engagement, have each others backs. Remember, the whole goal is to get everyone home safe at the end of the day. You don't want the ripple effect in your own family.