Perfect your job with right tools
Everyone has heard the saying; “the right tool for the right job”, and “you are only as good as your tools.” These sayings are very true when it comes to the choice and use of tools in the construction sites.
The quality of the tools that you choose to use are as important as the tools themselves when it comes to work and its quality. Even a good workman will blame his tools if they’re the wrong ones for the job! Making sure that you have the essential tools to work is vital. It will undoubtedly delay the project if you don’t. The best construction teams in the industry know that equipping their team with the proper tools and equipment to do their jobs is necessary for a project to be successful.
The Tools are devices, equipment, mechanisms, resources, applications — anything that is utilised during the job to assist you in completing your task.
There are thousands of tools out in the market. The challenge for managers is to find the right ones to implement in the workplace to aid their employees. Whether physical equipment that is needed to perform a task or different applications to facilitate processes at work, it is important to have the correct tools available for your employees to do their work effectively.
When employees aren’t provided with the correct tools, they are forced to rely on what is readily available to them. This can lead to inefficient, slow work that might also result in incorrect completion of a task, which companies would obviously like to avoid. These days, tools are being created that are smarter and more efficient.
Importance of using the right tool for the job – Each tool is precisely designed for a specific purpose, so choosing the correct tool will also decrease the amount of effort required to get a job done right without causing damage to either the equipment or the surface being worked on.
Never adapt if you are missing a tool or piece of equipment. Remember tools are designed for specific needs and purposes. Using any tool inappropriately is wrong and just plain dangerous. To avoid personal injury and tool damage, select the proper tool to do the job well and safely.
The Tools can be classified into two types –
- The first type of tool is the physical device that employees directly use to complete a task correctly. This can include carpentry equipment, scientific instruments, paintbrushes, etc. They are so important, that oftentimes a job can’t be done correctly without them. Having the right tool is imperative to successful completion of the task at hand. In addition, the right tools allow employees to complete their task efficiently, which affords employees opportunities to expand their range of capabilities.
For e.g.: tools used for masonry work- masonry trowels, pointing trowel, spirit level, plumb bob, nylon thread, measuring tape, scale, aluminium straight edge, right angle template, hammers, chisels, etc.
- The second type of tool expedites processes at work. These might not be necessary to complete a task but are just as important to the project. There are many applications and services that you can implement into your workplace that do things like facilitate communication between employees, assist them in keeping their tasks organised, and store their shared documents and resources. Tools like this help you take care of internal things that don’t directly affect your productivity so that you can spend more time and brainpower focusing in the things that matter most to the project.
For e.g.: work procedures, computer applications, software’s like- AutoCAD – MS project, communication through emails, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets.
Time saving & Efficiency – With the right tools and equipment, maximum efficiency can be achieved. Tools are designed to help us accomplish specific tasks easier and safely. Using the incorrect tool for a task not only can take longer to accomplish, but it could also result in injuries, mistakes, and shoddy workmanship. All of these will end up costing you more time and money than if the right tool had been used the right way from the start.
Quality of Work – When employees are using the wrong equipment, mistakes are bound to happen. Incorrect installation techniques can lead to leaks, damage to the equipment or to the surface being worked on. As a result of these issues, your reputation with your customer and your employees’ sense of pride in their work can be damaged. To be successful, you need your customers to trust you to complete the work at a high-quality standard. In addition, your employees will feel proud of the work they do if they know it’s important to do it the right way, with the right tools.
Safety – On job sites, it’s crucial to have the proper PPE to protect employees from injury. It’s equally as important to equip workers with the right tools to complete jobs safely. You don’t want your employees to have to get creative with what ladders or power tools to use. Project managers should work with foremen to understand what their crews need to do their jobs successfully and safely. Equipment that’s not in proper working order can also quickly become dangerous so it’s important to inspect equipment in the shop and on site prior to construction.
To conclude, tools are the backbone of business processes. The tools and equipment should be well maintained and serviced to make certain that it stays in good working order and lasts as long as possible. Whether you are attempting to save time or are just negligent, using the wrong tool for the job is a mistake. The best workmen always equip themselves always with the right tools for their work. Foremen and their crews appreciate having the tools they need to do their jobs. Provided with the right tools and equipment, they will not only be happier, more engaged employees, they will also be motivated to do their best work.