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November 19, 2021

Best Practices for Growing Your Construction Technology Team

Technology is an integral part of growing your construction business. Construction professionals don’t always know what technology is needed for their business, or the best practices to install and adopt it.

Fortunately, host Mike Merrill welcomes Mark Oden, the CEO of BIM Designs, a building information modeling (BIM) company, to join him on the Mobile Workforce Podcast. In this episode, Mark explains why construction companies need to embrace technology in order to scale their business and the importance of culture in today’s remote work environment. He also dives into best practices construction leaders need to know when trying to grow their teams.

Key Takeaways

  1. Clients are looking for contractors that are both competent builders and technologists. In today’s age, clients are searching for contractors who can execute a job with both a physical construction background and a deep understanding of technology. Both of these are critical to meeting the client’s needs and expectations. Anyone that makes the effort to master both will be miles ahead of the competition.
  2. Culture is everything for a remote work environment. The most important area of focus in a company with a remote team is the culture of the company. Relationships drive business and culture drives the relationships inside and outside your business, no matter the employee’s physical location. Initiating a culture committee driven by employees to create opportunities to connect brings fun ways to keep your team connected. Example activities include: virtual events like cooking demonstrations and seasonal photo contests, or even having a virtual holiday party with everyone on the team.
  3. Find the bottlenecks to fix your productivity. Each bottleneck you have is a breakdown, and every breakdown you solve will be a breakthrough for your productivity. One of the best practices a team can have is to always be looking for and solving bottlenecks in their processes. First identify the stakeholders, and what the needs are for the team to move through the bottleneck. Then ask where each stakeholder can take ownership of the process and the breakdown. Once you answer those questions you will have a clear understanding of how to fix the breakdown.