New Year’s resolutions and goals. You either love them or hate them. Whether you like them or not, taking time to create business goals for the year can make a huge difference. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of the top five goals every construction company should focus on this year.
What goals has your company set in place regarding safety? How are you making sure your company’s safety programs are being followed at each jobsite? Before beginning a project, you should create a plan that identifies potential risks and how to prevent them. Communicating that plan regularly with your team members will ensure safety is on the forefront of their minds.
Communication and Teamwork
It takes everyone in a company to meet goals—not just leadership. It’s important that all levels of your team communicate and work together. In addition to the usual preconstruction and project handoff meetings, teams should also have a thorough meeting after project completion to discuss what went well and what can improve. Additionally, field staff and project managers should understand the importance of timely and accurate communication with the accounting department. Everyone should understand the extent to which financial statements are affected by having accurate information from the field. Communication will ensure that projects are handled efficiently so your company can grow profitably.
Owners often get bogged down in the day-to-day issues of running a business and fail to think strategically about the future. If you or your team aren’t aware of the strategic direction of your company, people tend to have competing goals and priorities which aren’t cohesive or effective. The first step in a strategic plan is to identify your vision. Once you identify your vision, you can create a roadmap for how to get there. Often, owners don’t know where to begin because they don’t have a clear picture of where their company is today. Having good metrics and a way to easily access data is essential to setting goals and staying on track. Do you know your true overhead cost and indirect job cost? At the end of the week, do you know whether or not you were profitable? An advisor can help you walk through setting your goals and hold you accountable throughout the year.
If your company doesn’t have a written, documented succession plan, make this the year to do one. It’s not enough to have an ownership transition plan. A contingency plan is also vitally important. Unfortunately, this isn’t on the list of must-dos for a company until a tragedy occurs or someone quits unexpectedly. It’s then that a company realizes that one person had responsibilities that no one else knows how to handle. Plans should be written and communicated with appropriate people throughout your company, and employees should be cross-trained.
If technology is a foreign language to you, you’re not alone. Technology and cybersecurity change daily, so it’s important to partner with IT experts who can help you protect your company. Think you’re too small to be attacked? Think again. No matter the size, all contractors are at risk of a cyber attack. The best way to protect yourself is to be proactive. Things like risk assessments, vulnerability scans and internal controls, among many other things, can ensure you’re taking proactive steps to protect your data.
Achieving These Goals
If you’re looking at this list and don’t know where to begin, consider partnering with an advisor who can help your company start the year on the right foot. Having an advisor who understands your industry can not only help you meet your goals, but can also offer a unique perspective. Throughout the year, an advisor can help you stay on track with your goals. Don’t look back a year from now and wish you had started today. Talk to your advisor and make 2020 your best year yet.