Construction Leadership Insights

3 Reasons to Promote from the Field


Have you ever had a situation in your construction business when you’ve hired a new project manager or project engineer straight out of college, they go into the field, immediately get into conflicts with the guys out there simply because they don’t know what they’re talking about?

That’s why you should consider promoting people into project management roles who’ve been in the field for a period of time. Here’s three reasons why

  1. They speak the language of the field: They’ve been there, they’ve done that, they understand how the guys think and how they talk, and they can communicate much more effectively with them.
  2. They’ve had experience practically translating the values of your company into action. One of my client’s values is “no hacks”. They really make an emphasis on the quality of the work that they do. So, if you have someone in project management who understands that in their bones, they’ll be able to make sure that that quality is seen throughout all of the projects that they’re involved in.
  3. They’ve been in the field and they’ve seen how it really is.

In project management roles, they’re able to see those problems as they occur and then communicate up the chain to you what can be done in order to fix those issues. And they’ll have a much deeper understanding simply because they have that field experience.

So, those are 3 reasons why you should consider promoting someone from the field into a project management role. They speak the language of the field. They have experience translating values into practical action. And they can give you very good feedback in terms of what needs to be changed in order to improve the profitability of your projects.