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THE MONEY TAP

The little things that drain your company's money and you don't even know.


There is ways to improve productivity on any construction site.


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Imagine a builder that notices that his workers are having a hard time proceeding from the ground to the slab. The reason for that is because the slab is higher, so the workers have to move up and down all day with materials and tools in their hands. To ease their workflow, the builder instructs one of his skilled labourers to prepare a two-step stair. The purpose for that is to help the workers in finishing off the work easily.


However, as he passes by after a few hours, he notices that something is not right. The stairs were built, but they were not robust enough to bear the heavy load of men carrying material and equipment. More so, the stairs were nailed to the ground and not movable. What was even worse was the fact that the stair was in a bad spot, hindering the movement of the scaffolders in the area.

Being annoyed and frustrated, the builder calls his labourers and inquires about all the issues. When asked, the labourer who was responsible for the preparation of the two-step stair, answered that he thought of the scaffolders to be necessary only for that area. He also thought that the stairs would remain in one place until the end of the job, so he focused mostly on strengthening them.

After understanding what the builder wanted ever since the beginning, the worker starts to grasp the purpose behind the stairs, realising that a strong plank with some loose earth under it would have been a quicker, cheaper and easier solution.

As you can imagine, at this point, both of our characters look silly.



HOW MUCH DID IT COST?

Consider the total cost of a skilled labourer as $50.00ph (hourly rate + allowances)



WHAT DOES IT MEAN?


It means that you would pay $250 for a plank with loose earth under it. More so, $220 from the total amount will represent the lack of good communication and a 5-minute briefing.


I know that some of you reading this case might think it is an exaggeration, but let me reassure you that I speak from true facts. I was the labourer and this is my real example.


This "small" mistake, understandably, didn't cross the threshold of being expensive enough to be informed to the Project Manager. I am also aware that there are accounted for in any project estimation. However, there is no reason to not tackle it as a possible area of improvement and make better use of resources.

The sole reason I decided to write this book was to prevent others from wasting time and money needlessly as I did. Furthermore, I want to open your eyes to the fact that poorly briefed two-step stairs may cost $250.00, you may have lots of invisible money leaks that may costing your company thousands of dollars, which could be used as an incredible business advantage..


This being said, before moving on, I want to ask you to reflect about which ways your company may be losing money right now due to poor briefings? And how much?

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