Managerial Problems involved in the Government Construction Companies
As a manager of projects, I have and still face numerous managerial problems while dealing with the consultant and contractor. Some of these difficulties are related directly to the process of construction while others are the result of minor, oblique activities. Surprisingly, most of these challenges do not fall within my scope to address as a manager but rather, needs senior management manager to address for the project’s success. Some of these include time constraints, workforce consideration, change in the nature of work and time constraints.
This project has experience numerous challenges, which I believe are not applicable in other industries. For example, we were working in a site that was inaccessible with numerous hardships. We have experienced difficulties in applying automation such as use of computers due to lack of power within the area. Also, I have to deal with weather conditions that are harsh which leads to delays in the project. Power failure has also caused communication network interruption and proven to be costly. What is more, machinery maintenance has become quite costly because we cannot easily access spare parts.
Additionally, since the workforce is the greatest resource we have and depend on its skills and knowledge to complete the project, I have faced great challenges in handling them. We have both unskilled and skilled employees where their management demands high level of skills. Employment and access of personnel that is highly skilled and talented has become increasingly complicated. People view construction as one of the industries that is least attractive to work in. during recruitment, they look upon the profession as dangerous, exhausting and dirty. Most even argue they prefer to work in industries that are technological and not in traditional and manual styles.
However, the safety of employees within our industry is a growing concern. The industry of construction, by nature is dangerous and poses high degree of hazards and risks. Our employees are exposed to human accidents and suffering. This proves to be an additional burden as it increases expenditure that is unnecessary. Also, cases of bodily injury and death are reports at increasing rates. Although we as consultants, contractors and managers get protection through insurance, the manual worker are exposed to big challenges. As such, there are incidences which arise and the workers fail to report for duty as such, forcing us to replace and train them which proves costly. This causes delays as hence increasing the overhead costs that are associated with work disruptions and high fine costs.
Finally, because of inadequate facilities and machinery that our company hires, like builders and other construction facilities, the owners tend to charge large sums of money. We experience delays in upgrading the facilities since most of them cannot operate below the optimum level which proves to be extremely costly. These delays affect individuals, public activities and businesses negatively. It also brings about liquidated damages and disincentive payments. Additionally, it increases overhead costs and burdens our cash flow. Extending the period of our contract will limit our capacity in bonding which is costly. Time wastage results to high costs of labor and equipment.
In the current word, business activities have changed at a rate that is alarming. Globalization has triggered numerous changes like talent shortage, change in labor laws, outsourcing, demographics shift and aged work force. The function of HR is also changing rapidly and leaders are under pressure to demonstrate the value they hold for employees. This is attributed to the fact every business struggles to use its machinery and workforce in order to remain innovative and creative within the global business community. In our case, companies dealing with government construction face private sector competition. This is attributed to the fact the private sector uses equipment and machinery that is advanced as well as skilled HR to acquire public demand and dominate the industry. What is more, all the employees are of great importance in an organization and if their needs are not addressed, they move to organizations that are better and capable of attracting benefits and remuneration (Myers 782). In order to save quality, resource allocation, time and cost, government construction companies are supposed to come up with strategies that can mitigate, control as well as deflect effects of any occurrence or situation that affects success of their project.
Nature of Work
The nature within which people deserve to work should be friendly. Government projects face major problems such as maintenance of work facilities as they are exposed to work conditions that are poor. In urban regions, these facilities are supposed to be conditioned and protected during the entire project. The poor conditions of the facilities make the workplace unhealthy not just for the workforce but surrounding environment which is supposed to be preserved and maintained (Hoonakker, Carayon and Loushine 955)
Labor is very essential in most of the construction companies. For contractors, acquiring labor to work in government is a struggle. It needs consideration since the industry should keep moving forward and growing. However, there are complications which are involved in government projects, especially when foreign workers are hired. Problems in communication due to language and culture lead to lack of coordination and confusion. In order to enable long term performance of government contracts, it is important for management to interact with the work crew in order to come up with relationships that are fruitful and long lasting. This will aid in empowering them to stay productive, self-motivated, committed and appreciative.
According to Carayon, Loushine and Hoonakker (959), both the senior managers and product managers are supposed to come with some safety measures for reasons like, contact requirements, ethical duty, moral obligation, corporate legal liability and personal liability. The duty of the employer is to offer a working surrounding that is safe, safe appliances and tools. This also includes comprehensive training of the employees and recognition that employees should have safe work environment.
Moreover, time frame is essential in every contract. Schedule operations need construction and project managers to structure their work and have an approach that is structured to planning. Such schedules give a plan that make it easy to realize the value of a contract. For any project to be successful, good schedules are tools of importance. However, conditions and events also cause delays to these schedules and require that proper measures should be taken as they lower productivity. Management is supposed to mitigate such situations and deliver a project that is well constructed.
Therefore, management of government construction companies faces numerous challenges that should never be underestimated. The projects have become complex and they change constantly while the industry remains very competitive and costly. This is due to the fact joint ventures, sub-contractors and partnerships have become very involved. Majority of the government companies are also used to ad hoc management and traditional management which often, fails in proper management of the companies. The industry is risky, tough as well as stubborn and always, there is pressure to meet deadlines. Consequently, to solve management issues, there should be changes in the culture of the workplace and transformation is essential.
Hoonakker, Peter, Pascale Carayon, and Todd Loushine. "Barriers and Benefits of Quality Management in the Construction Industry: An empirical Study." Total Quality Management 21.9 (2010): 953-969.
Myers, Danny. "A Review of Construction Companies' Attitudes to Sustainability." Construction Management and Economics 23.8 (2005): 781-785.