Louisiana managers: It’s still possible to build loyalty in teams

PAUL LAFLEUR, maintenance manager, Phillips 66 in Lake Charles. Photo by Leroy Tademy

At a time when limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and increasing construction volumes are in the headlines, an industrial owner’s attempts to build effective relationships with its contractors and suppliers can seem an impossible task, reports 10/12 Industry Report in its latest issue.

In such an environment, skilled laborers often move around from job to job and state to state in search of higher wages, and that can have a negative impact in terms of productivity and safety as they must adapt to new work cultures and other unique jobsite dynamics.

Owners, therefore, have a vested interest in fostering and maintaining long-term relationships with their contractors, says Paul LaFleur, maintenance manager at Phillips 66 in Lake Charles. It all begins with a core belief that contractors are partners in the process, rather than merely laborers who get the job done. Read the entire story.