What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Construction Superintendent, Commercial in River Falls:
"Beware the stress."
Learn to manage your time and schedule without being overwhelmed. Take some down time and take time for yourself to recharge your batteries.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial in Atlanta:
"How to work smarter."
Remember a superintendent is only as good as the people who work for you, and to listen to advise given to you even the lowest employees.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial in Denver:
"Never trust another man's work."
Set up a system of checks to confirm the competency of subcontractors. Make sure to streamline it so you have time for all the paperwork and other planning in the day.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial in New York:
"Responsibilities And Organization."
Keep track of your daily activities, log in the weather everyday, check your inventory, communicate with your fellow employees, treat each employee equally and respectfully in order to get the right performance out of them, respect your clients, bite your tongue and try to compromise in order for the project to go forward successfully, hold weekly safety meetings, hold weekly meeting on production and give credit to the employees that put forth the energy to give you the best job, limit your friendship with your employees, treat the crew every now and then to coffee, sit down and listen to what employees have to say (good or bad) one on one to build a solid caring /business relationship, listen to the people who have been in this business for a very long time because you do not know everything, be opened minded, read the prints over and over and over again, read the specs, separate and file all divisions, create a chart/folder for RFI's sent and answered & have a chart for submissions.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial in Green Bay:
I would tell anyone starting to take all new construction computer program courses available.