|Get them talking||What training does your crew need? What’s a ‘skill gap’ within your team?|
|Keep them talking||Is there a task or process that only one or two people know how to do? Is there a piece of equipment that only one person knows how to operate?
What are some ways we could make work go better by teaching people new skills?
|Points to consider||It’s up to foremen to get things done… to make sure the work happens. But the best foremen understand the importance of developing their crew – of making sure they’ve got the right people with the right skills on the team.
When we’re under pressure to get a job done, it’s tempting to assign the work to the same people who always do it – the people who are good at that task. But in the long run, it’s often better to give others a chance to learn new tasks… even if it may take a bit longer in the short run.
Think about some times when you’ve had to wait for someone on your crew to be available to do a certain task or use a certain tool. What can you do to make sure other folks can do this task in the future?