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3 Tips For Communicating With Subtrades

Communication is key on the job site. Combining a construction site with filming shows, believe me, things get even more complicated! When the cameras are rolling, we are dealing with a camera crew, sound guys, subtrades and suppliers. That is why communication is so important to us on the job site. We make sure to have site supervisors on each one of our sites both on and off camera. After doing this for over 10 years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to ensure proper communication on the job site. Here are some of my best tips.

#1: Get the day off on the right foot

We start each day with an on-site “tailgate” meeting where we go over the days tasks, on site hazards and safety gear. We even use an app to help keep everyone on the same page. That includes the trades and our clients. The app has pictures and documents to let everyone know what stage of construction we’re at.

When we start the day this way, we’re able to clearly and easily set the expectations for the work that needs to be completed, who’s responsible for what, and ensure that everyone has the necessary tools to get the job done.

writing on extreme post it notes

#2: There’s no such thing as too much communication

It is easy for things to go wrong on a job site, especially when one of us has to film off site, and we can’t be there to supervise. When we run into this situation we make sure to go above and beyond with our communication. The first thing we do is discuss what needs to be done with our site supervisor.

When it comes to demo, often we only demo certain areas of the home. One thing I like to do is leave instructional notes for the subtrades with Post-it® Extreme Notes. I make sure I leave multiple notes on where to demo and more importantly, where not to demo! The great thing about Post-it® Extreme Notes is that they stick to many surfaces, so I don’t have to worry about whether the notes are going to fall off or not. Trust me-I have even tested them out with my leaf blower at home! And if I have to use the Post-it® Extreme Notes on an outdoor job site, I know that they will withstand wind and rain as well.

#3: Find a way to make sense of the chaos

The job site gets messy and busy at times, some day’s we’ll have multiple subtrades coming in, or we’re tackling a bunch of items on our to do-list. It can be a lot to keep track of.

This is why the Post-it® Extreme Notes are a key tool of mine, because they stick in tough conditions. We also use them for any deficiencies we have on site, to make sure that people see them and they don’t get missed before we finish the job. We use different coloured Post-it® Extreme Notes on site. For example, I always use yellow for our electrician.

post it note extreme on wood

No matter which industry you’re in – communication is a critical skill. For us, it lets us get the job done efficiently, keeps our contractors safe, and our clients happy. At the end of the day, like the big guy says, that’s how we make it right.


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