All builders and subcontractors working on a home, whether they are laying the foundation, piecing together the framework, installing wiring or putting in dry wall, also permanently set a piece of themselves and their individual trade into that home. With their volunteered help, Homes for Hope, an outreach of HOPE International, has built over 70 homes for needy families since its start in 1998, taking as much pride in its community of tireless workers as it does in its homes.
But how do you build a community out of high experienced and very busy subcontractors? Mia Nyblom, the office manager at Rosewood Communities, a home builder based out of Greenville, S.C. and partner of Homes for Hope, recently gave tips to generate fellowship amongst all the different subcontractors who work on Homes for Hope projects.
Nyblom’s number one tip is: Go to the subcontractors for meetings. Don’t make them come to you. Make sure to hold all meetings, luncheons, dedications and other events at a place convenient to your subcontractors. In doing so, you will show that you understand and appreciate their hard work, and more people will attend the meetings and events.
The second tip is: Feed the people. Have you ever heard that food is the way to a person’s heart? Well, Nyblom says that people notice the extra effort of providing food at Rosewood events. That hospitality makes them feel more comfortable and opens the door to them understanding the charitable purpose behind Homes for Hope.
At these events, it is important to Let the Trades Share. Subcontractors usually have years’ worth of experience and expertise behind them in their trades of choice, and it is important to hear what have to say about the work being done on the homes. Not only can their advice and past experience prove crucial in building quality homes, but it also gives your trade partners a sense of involvement in and ownership of projects.
Lastly, Building Traditions through repetitious dedications builds community. For every Home for Hope they build, Rosewood holds a dedication ceremony where the builder’s staff and subcontractors come together to hear about the cause and to share their thoughts on the project. After so many dedications, subcontractors know what to expect and look forward to the chance to get together and celebrate with everyone working on a Home for Hope.
What other tips do you have for building community on the job site?
Until next time,