Prepare the Team for Exterior Painting Season
Hey guys, as the weather warms up and we get back into exterior painting season, I figured I’d share some tips courtesy of an article I found on PaintTalk.com. Too often we find ourselves blindsided by the amount of work coming in that we forget to take care of some basics. As with anything that you are gearing up to do after a bit of time away, it helps to prepare. The stronger you cover your bases up front, the less you have to worry about in the end. We all desire a hassle free, well oiled operation, and these tips might just help you reach that goal.
Orientate Your New Hires
You should never have the first interaction at the job site. This can cause chaos as it is an overwhelming experience to meet, and work with new people at the same time. The new guys should have a chance to meet the team before their first job. Set up some kind of gathering or meeting for everyone to get to know one another. This will help build chemistry, and ultimately lead to a smoother job site transition.
Provide Training Sessions
There’s nothing better to get the rust off than to practice. Get the team together (preferably before your first job) to go over everything. This is the perfect way to “Orientate Your New Hires” as I have mentioned above. Everyone can get to know one another and learn how they operate. You’ll want the new guys to come to more sessions than your vets. It’s important to teach them how you operate, as well as how to use your equipment. This will ensure a smooth transition over to your first painting job.
Examine the Equipment, Replace Damaged Goods
Training sessions are a great opportunity to make sure all your painting equipment is working properly. Just like we shake off the rust of a long winter, the equipment likely must do the same. It is not safe to assume that all your ladders, drop cloths, brushes, rollers etc are in working order. Take a look at all your equipment, keeping an eye out for abnormalities, or possible safety problems.
It is a good idea to use this equipment during your training sessions. This way, you will be able to spot anything that might be problematic, as well as get the new hires orientated with the supplies you use.
Safety should be your top concern here, do not neglect an inspection of your supplies.
Go Over Safety Procedures With Your Team
Any good business owner knows that safety of their employees is a top concern. Everyone on your payroll should be aware of the on-the-job hazards associated with painting. Everything from falls to cuts to chemicals. Shots should be up to date, as exposure to various elements can cause serious illness.
As the owner, make sure your crew minimizes painting during the hottest part of the day. By doing so, you maximize production as well as reduce the risk of illness. Heatstroke is the most common illness when working outside, so make sure everyone is hydrated. Provide a water station close by for this reason. In the case that someone does begin to feel ill from heat stroke, make sure others can recognize their symptoms:
- Rapid Breathing
- Flushed Skin
- Change of Mental State
A team member who is experiencing any one of these symptoms should be taken to a cool area immediately, while another crew member dials 911, or a local emergency number. Do whatever you can to cool the affected person down. Spray them with a hose, have them drink some water, dab them with a sponge or get them to a cool shower.
Check the Records of Your Drivers
Anyone who is driving on behalf of the company holds a great deal of responsibility. It doesn’t matter if they are painting at a close location or running a quick errand, make sure you perform a thorough check of their driving history. An accident can happen at any time.
Be Sure Your Team is Familiar with Supplies, Ordering and Billing
Many contractors are switching over to the cloud for tracking customer information, supplies and orders. Based on the work your team is doing, be sure they are familiar with the software you use. If you accept credit cards out in the field, be sure your team understands how to do so. You’ll want to have these ends tied up that way when you are in front of a customer, you appear as professional as possible.
Thanks for reading! If you would like, please check out the original article from PaintTalk, here.