Construction has been going through a technological evolution. Moving from paper to digital processes has enhanced construction's productivity and all the gathered data has the chance to transform planning, performance, and so much more.
In this eBook we look at how safety technology has become one of the most useful technologies on the jobsite, leading to a wide range of benefits including saving lives, improving site efficiencies and cost reductions as well as helping you navigate how to choose the best software for your business.
- Make sure the software understands how construction works. It's process-based not document-based.
- Check to be sure you'll get enough data out of your system to make smart, informed decisions in the field and office.
- Get your team on board. Without buy-in, don't buy anything.
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As in most industries today, technology that supports the construction industry is expanding rapidly. Safety technology is one of the most useful technologies because of the wide range of benefits it provides. Beyond the most important goal of safety management, saving lives, safety technology has several key benefits from reducing risks through decreased gaps in processes, to making informed decisions because of insight gathered from thousands of data points, to improving productivity through streamlined, standardised, and collaborative operations that interweaves per-start, safety, quality, field and office operations.
As construction job sites become more complex, and labor continues to be in short supply, evolving your safety management will be paramount to ensuring a good company reputation, reducing costs on your projects, supporting sustainable business growth, and reducing your liabilities.
No tech is good tech, if no one uses the tech.
There are three major barriers to tech implementation in your company, and not one of them are the old school “tech challenged” workers out in the field you think don’t want progress (or won’t be able to keep up). Technology fails because of bad communication, lack of collaboration and support, and poorly developed technology.
If your teams can use a mobile phone to access things like Facebook and Sportsbet, they can use technology in the field. Chances are, they just don’t want to or haven’t been shown how to. So if you’re hitting a brick wall trying to get tech adoption in your company, you may need to push reset and consider changing your approach.
Your teams are talking, and you want to listen.
Every day teams are talking to each other, either complaining about outdated processes, how things could be more efficient if we did it this way, or complimenting an idea or process because it made their day easier. These are conversations you want to be involved in. They will help you increase adoption of new ideas or technology.
All those people stepping on and off your job sites have the day-to-day experiences you could use to improve your operations, to make sites safer, and create more efficiencies. Engagement with your site teams and subbies asking for feedback on processes or tech being used can help you gain immense insight into ways to promote healthy changes and increase adoption of new processes or technology.
Walking the site at the coalface with workers and asking pointed questions on specific tasks can highlight ways to make more effective and productive decisions.
Without input, expect your changes to have negative output.
Changes from the top are hard to manage. It’s not as easy as dictating changes be done and expecting they will flow downhill without barriers. To make any change successful, especially when implementing great tech, you need buy-in from your teams. And more than that, you need their feedback and collaboration before making any changes. Without that, technology that “should” save teams thousands of hours, could end up costing you thousands of dollars.
Before moving forward with any technology get your teams to evaluate what it does. Your great ideas to help your company’s progress can only be enhanced by the input from your teams out in the field.
Tech doesn’t solve problems, people do. Tech just makes things easier.
Technology won’t succeed if it isn’t implemented with good communication and collaboration from the people who will use it most. But more than that, if the technology isn’t built to suit your needs and easy to use, it won’t work under the best of circumstances. Technology’s job is to match, and eventually exceed your needs, fill in your gaps, and enhance your processes. Technology’s job isn’t to make you fit your processes into theirs (or require a PhD to understand how to use it).
Tech to improve processes is important, but without being field-tested and designed by people who know the pains they are trying to solve, it won’t be worth much.
To the companies who want to see progress and innovation on their job sites, people are the solution. Technology is what opens people up to new abilities, enhanced capabilities, and easier task management. Get your people together first. Evaluate your combined goals together, and then work to implement the best technology that fits your company’s needs and goals, and find a product and provider whose values are aligned with that.
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