Five Ways to Keep Your Subcontractor Happy

You just got your first job in the construction industry. Great!

Now, how do you keep your subcontractor happy throughout the project?

Working on your first jobsite can be tough if you don’t know what your subcontractor wants. One thing ALL subcontractors want? A reliable worker who can help out across all parts of a project. Here are five things you can do to ensure that you’re thriving in your current job and are recommended for your next one.

30 Minutes Early Is On-Time

Construction projects run on a tight schedule and when one member of a team is late, the whole team is late. Arriving early sends a clear signal to your subcontractor that not only are you extremely committed to this job, you are willing to take concrete actions to prove it. Being early, moreover, tells your subcontractor that you are a good time manager – a critical skill for future opportunities as you are considered for promotions on the jobsite.

“It’s Not in My Job Title” Is Not in Your Vocabulary

Construction is a team effort, which means you need to be ready to help wherever and whenever it is needed. That means that you need to stay observant on the jobsite, learn from your coworkers who have different jobs than you, and be willing to pitch in to help – even scrubbing floors if needed. Being ready to quickly fill in any gaps on the rotation will endear you to your current – and future – bosses.

Safety Is Everyone’s Job

Subcontractors love employees who take leadership roles to ensure the jobsite stays safe for workers and the public. That means that you must be meticulous about your personal approach to safety and are hypervigilant about any potential safety hazards on the jobsite. This shows your subcontractor that you are dedicated to keeping your coworkers and the general public safe.

Be Prepared for Anything

Any longtime contractor can tell you that a full toolbelt is a happy toolbelt. That means that you should have a full set of tools on you at all times and show up to work with all your personal protective gear. But being prepared on the worksite goes further than just having your tools at hand. Showing up to the jobsite alert and ready for whatever comes your way is a signal to your subcontractor that you’re reliable and can be counted on to get the job done.

Leave Your Cell Phone by the Door

Cell phones are not only distractions, they can be dangerous just to have in your hand. Having a cell phone in hand not only tells your employer that you may be more concerned about what’s happening virtually than on your worksite. It also means that you have one less hand to stay safe with in a fast-paced environment. If you’re looking for more help with your construction career, access Building Skills NY construction trainings and job opportunities by checking out our Job Seekers page