I was wondering what different companies do when jobs go over budget.
Implement draconian policies that automatically punish the wicked, reward the expedient and bring the entire company's quality standards down to a low common denominator.
(Otherwise known as piecework.)
I have recently been moved into the office and I would like to start some kind of post job review process so that we can try to mitigate the problems in the future.
Computerize and document productivity. A good idea (IMO) would be to have a record of everyone's productivity before they are aware of your weekly monitoring, and then start your engines.
This gives you a means by which to gauge the opinions and input you're receiving from the foremen. If you hear many excuses from low-producing foremen, then watch them closer.
If a normally well-producing crew turns in a lackluster performance, you would have more cause to believe their 'excuses' for the bad week. Or more cause to simply overlook it.
I was thinking that the key people involved could sit down and discuss the problems that they had on the job without placing blame, and feeling like they need to defend everything that they did.
If you have the charisma to make people feel at ease and honest about events that they would normally be sensitive about, then you have a rare gift. I've not seen it often. It's a dog-eat-dog world, and people can get pretty dishonest and cutthroat if they feel their livlihood threatened.
Just my opinon.