With smaller crews working on staggered schedules, project managers need to ensure construction stays on track and work is allocated efficiently.
Take a high-rise construction site as an example. Crews are spread across multiple floors, on the ground and in the site office. Site managers need a quick and reliable way to reach any crew member anytime. But communicating on a construction site is virtually impossible without a reliable mobile network.
A staggered work pattern also can create communication barriers for crew members. Is information effectively passing between crews at the start and end of each shift to keep everyone on the same page? For instance, how is a concern flagged by the evening shift escalated and communicated to the morning crew?
Staggered crews need solutions that issue clear, concise and timely messages on the right platform. Site managers and crews alike should embrace flexible solutions, which can be deployed quickly and act as agile methods of communication when typical protocols are impossible to uphold.
But, maintaining normalcy can be helpful for everyone involved. Establish a communication chain and points of contact to help the right information get to the right people at the right time. Remember to make the medium fit the message, too; email will be fine for one thing, but another may require an urgent all-staff assembly or a mass text message telling crew members to stay away from a certain part of the site.