Last Updated on March 8, 2023 by

The construction industry means a continuous challenge at all levels. The general construction contractors are the ones who need to bear all burdens. They have to check up on everything on the construction sites. We know that the construction managers have to collaborate with other subcontractors to work on the project. All these sub-contractors are not easy to handle. Sometimes they appear as the biggest challenge of all. they might often create havoc on the site by violating the contractual terms and conditions.

All these non-professional behaviors of subcontractors may create an uneasy environment on the site and ultimately lead to project delays. The situation may get even worse when they cause a fuss on the site and then you need to rework. This rework will push you into a financial crisis as well. Being a boss of the project, it is on your hold to terminate the contract with those night owls before they cause trouble for others. It is indeed a challenging task to do. Finding other subcontractors and handing over them the entire work can cost you a lot. But you will still be in safe hands later.

In this article, we are guiding you on how to deal with these non performing subcontractors so that you cannot go into chaos.

Investigate Before Hiring

All the construction subcontractors, be it construction equipment dealers or architects, can equally be a problem if not performing professionally. Dealing with these kinds of contractors is a challenging job for a general manager. it is mandatory to investigate and prequalify them before setting any contract with them. Ask their previous partners or clients about their behavior. you can also verify if they have any criminal capture in past or not.

Always try to allow a few potential candidates to bid on your project so that you can close deals with the more professional ones. 

Be A Keen Observer

Hiring subcontractors and handing over the task are not enough. You need to keep a watchful and observant eye on them. it is not necessary that they suddenly come up with some glitches, they might slowly be grown in them. for example, if they are delivering their work on time but misbehaving with the workforce and creating problems for others, then it is an alert sign that you should be attentive to them. Give them an initial warning. And be a strict supervisor over them. if they still fail to follow the instructions and are violent towards the rules, then you may end the tenure with them. ignoring the red flags at the initial steps will bring massive trouble for you later. 

Listen, Discuss, And Solve

Sometimes, when you find an issue and you are not in the position to fire the subcontractor on the go, then try to solve the issue. When you get to know about the odd things about the subcontractors, call a meeting and sit with him. Discuss the matter and issue with him and try to find the root cause. Keep the terms and conditions and contract file before him and ask what they really want. Also, be a confident manager and be as open as you can, do not hide or try to mingle things. Put the available and suitable options before him. If he agrees to the terms then move on with them otherwise take a step and leave the knot. In every situation, you need to keep yourself on the safe side or else you may fall into a massive financial loss.

Final Thoughts

Working with different subcontractors is not always a smooth drive. Sometimes, it becomes a roller coaster ride to deal with different subcontractors, be it construction equipment dealers or electricians. Being a general construction manager, you need to be mindful enough to deal with them in a way that could not affect your construction project. In this article, you will about how to deal with those glitchy subcontractors and keep your project unaffected.