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The Management Operation of a Construction Company A construction company is into a complex activity of constructing huge infrastructure projects, such as buildings, bridges, commercial and residential homes, and many more, and managing a multi-functional construction company is equally undertaking a multifaceted tasks that require understanding of the following: common business practices, accounting principles, regional economic conditions and expertise in the building process. For small construction firms, the manager is usually the owner, while in large construction firms, it hires many managers to handle its multifaceted tasks and these managers usually report to the firm’s owner or to the board of directors. In managing a large, complex construction firm, the most important workload of a manager is overseeing the workers because the company’s good reputation is a result of the quality and skills of its workers. When it comes to maintaining skilled workers, it is a fact that most construction workers, like carpenters, form setters, roofers, tapers, and other types learn their crafts through on-the-job training, therefore, the construction company must invest on a quality training program for these workers for the manager to follow up and evaluate, such that the program goals should attain a long-term success, as long as the training is of quality standard and sustainable. By taking the responsibility of sustaining the workers well with competitive pay, benefits and incentives, and a safe environment, the manager will be able to keep the workers for a long time in the company. Other pertinent duties of the manager include hiring, firing, training, disciplinary implementation and conflict resolution. Perhaps, the most engrossing task of a construction company manager is entering the company into the bidding process against other construction companies and the success of the bidding translates to compensating well the owner and the workers, as well as paying back the shared earnings to the IRS, the responsibility of which is also interrelated to the business office. For the manager to devote more to the bidding activity, client, worker duties and job site duties, the business office task, such as bookkeeping and correspondence should be delegated to another manager.
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Knowing that the construction business is costly to put up, operate and maintain, a manager must take the responsibility of presenting a business plan for short and long term projects, reflecting the costs and profits before seeking for a venture capital or construction loan, but with a large, construction firm, it is usually the responsibility of the business office to provide the business plan and the general manager goes over the plan and financial needs of the company for him to report this to the owner.
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By understanding fully well the structure of the company and putting importance on the value and function of the chain of command, the general manger provides team leadership, such as appointing supervisors or foreman to oversee the field work and communicate with the manager on the field updates. The challenging responsibility of maintaining the company’s client satisfaction is a learned skill which a construction company manager must continue to hone and improve with other pertinent skills, such as good communication, influencing recommendation on clients on their options; liaison between clients, distributors, retailers and subcontractors, and problem-solving and decision-making skills.