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How To Manage a Successful Coating Project – Part One

Being an effective manager can make a huge difference in employee satisfaction and successful project completion. Stand out from your competitors by completing a timely and effective coating project with our tips in our two-part series.
 
1) Have a project plan
 
Plans keep your employees accountable and provide the what, when, where and why of a project. An effective project plan includes project goals, deliverables, and a schedule. Ask your team to sign their approval of the plan a few weeks before the start date. Keep it online with room for editing and updates so that if the plan has to be changed, everyone is aware why and what the next steps are.
 
There are many great online project management systems you can use. Some excellent examples are Smartsheet and Mavenlink. If you are looking for a free program, Google Drive is also a great resource.
 
2) Plan for error
 
Projects can and do go wrong. Perhaps a harsh storm is whipping through your city, a worker has to call in sick due to a family emergency or the project is just taking longer than you thought it would.
 
It is important to try and give each part of a project extra time for completion so that if one aspect of the project goes wrong or is delayed, you have time to find a solution before the next part of the project starts. You can write a risk management plan that outlines things that could potentially go wrong and provides solutions.
 
3) Give recognition
 
If you are really impressed with how your employees have gone above and beyond in their job roles, show gratitude. Studies by Harvard researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, show that recognition greatly enhances job satisfaction for employees and in turn improves work performance.
 
Give out thank you cards with gift certificates, throw a pizza party in the staff lunchroom, or just say a genuine thank you to your employees. Not only will employees appreciate their hard work paying off, they are likely to repeat the great work the next time around.
 
4) Receive and give feedback
 
Your employees are your greatest source of knowledge to increase project efficiency. Ask them for feedback about your management with questions such as: “Did you encounter any issues? Is there anything I can do to help you make your job easier? Is there anything I can do to make the job more enjoyable?” You can also place an anonymous feedback box in the staff room so that employees feel more comfortable giving their opinions. Once gaining feedback, take action to help your employees do the best job they can.
 
It is also important to offer constructive feedback about your employees’ work, which helps them understand whether they fulfilled your expectations. If your expectations weren’t fulfilled, come up with a plan with your employees on how things can be improved next time.
 
0ba8618 Aisha Tejani
Aisha Tejani is a contributing writer of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings and cold weather coating applications. Castagra products are NSF-61 certified and are used by the world’s top water and wastewater contractors.