The myth that large crews provide better usability of supervision is a throwback to factory or assembly line thinking that really does not apply to on-site sidewalk snow removal crews. The notion that one strong supervisor can supervise five people as easily as two and still keep production responsibility does not apply during a snow event. Some supervisors try to keep the men together. Supposedly they are easier to supervise, but in reality the “herd mentality” further reduces productivity. The ‘large crew supervisor’ must make a choice to reduce (or eliminate) his own productivity in order to keep five men up to speed, or allow their productivity to drop to maintain individual productivity.
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