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Increasing Mental Health Awareness, Safety in Construction With Technology
Conversations about safety in the construction industry are often centered on the best practices for safe equipment usage, slip and fall prevention, hazardous chemicals and the like. But there’s one critical safety element that the construction industry often overlooks – mental health. Anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide are widespread struggles that have long been a quiet epidemic in the industry.
How Mobile Workforce Platforms Pave the Way for Hybrid Workforces
The construction industry learned countless lessons during the pandemic it won’t quickly forget. Chief among them is the importance technology plays in sustaining a hybrid workforce. The industry’s workforces have long been spread across multiple job sites, while administrators and leaders worked from central locations. While the former remains the same, the latter reality has shifted. With this change, it’s become increasingly vital for companies to connect field workers across jobsites with leaders and administrators who are also decentralized.
4 Pieces of Critical Machine Data
Construction equipment is among the costliest expenses for a company, and for good reason. Between purchasing equipment and having it scattered around multiple job sites, many firms struggle to keep up with maintenance–and this can have serious consequences for the bottom line. For one, it could limit the lifespan of equipment. It can also lead to unforeseen breakdowns, repair costs, and project delays across a company’s portfolio. So, how can companies know when maintenance is needed? Technology. More specifically, equipment management software and sensors that allow companies to track their machinery in real time.
3 Ways Construction Tech Helps Leaders Create Cultures of Proactive Safety
On a jobsite, no one ever intends to make a mistake or cause an accident. But there are ways to prevent and curb these inherent risks associated with working in construction. Fortunately, one tool has become essential to helping companies across the construction industry do just that: mobile workforce management software. Now more than ever, construction leaders are using such technology to create cultures that truly promote proactive safety.
Four strategies to streamline construction operations and finance teams
The struggle to efficiently align cross-departmental communication between operations and finance teams is all too common in the construction business. It can be a challenge for them to see eye to eye on the simplest of projects: finance is perceived to be a wet blanket, caring only about numbers, percentages and the margins, while operations is viewed as a loose cannon, making quick decisions and changing directions as the wind blows.
How Construction Leaders Can Improve the Customer Experience in 2021
If there’s one thing that determines if a client will return or recommend your construction business, it is whether your company lived up to its overall expectations. And in the construction business, expectations are high. That’s why more and more firms are putting the customer experience, also known as CX, front and center of their priorities — and it’s why you should, too.
Seven Ways Live Field Data Will Transform Your Business in 2021
So how are firms using construction technology going to make the most of 2021? That was one of the questions WorkMax set out to learn when surveying 134 construction leaders last summer. The goal was to explore their use of live field data, find out what data collection techniques are being used in the field and where contractors can improve to increase their productivity moving forward.
Construction Digitization: Understanding the Impact on Profitability
For one of the global economy’s largest sectors, the construction industry has a mulish productivity problem. While labor productivity across all industries has jumped 2.8 percent over the past two decades, the construction industry has only seen a one percent productivity increase over the same time period, according to Reinventing Construction: A route to higher productivity, a McKinsey Global Institute report.
Three Ways Mobile Data Could Transform the Construction Industry
Civil projects are complex and demanding, requiring adaptability, foresight and flexibility to remain in control of job costs. And with so many critical tasks required to keep a job site — let alone multiple job sites — running smoothly, a few administrative errors can lead to inflated budgets, discouraging waste and frustrating delays. Fortunately, new data collection technology gives contractors a bird’s eye view of their business so they can stay on top of their numbers and ahead of the curve.
OSHA Guidance to Protect Construction Workers Against COVID-19
In late January 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued comprehensive worker safety guidance for COVID-19 prevention policies to help employers and workers identify COVID-19 risks in the workplace and to determine appropriate control measures to implement.
4 Ways Construction Leaders Can Guide a Mobile Workforce Through Change in 2021
COVID-19 changed the landscape of the construction industry forever. And while adapting to these unprecedented circumstances has been rocky, there’s a silver lining: the construction industry proved it could weather monumental challenges and ultimately come out better on the other side. But the changes aren’t over yet – and now is the time to get ahead of them.
Hidden Costs Hindering Growth In Your Business
Construction leaders think they know their business like the back of their hand. But research shows that millions of dollars slip through the company’s fingers undetected every year. These seemingly invisible losses don’t stem from the obvious culprits; construction companies tend to be masters of avoiding direct losses, such as budgetary errors, broken equipment, and on-site injuries. It’s the hidden losses that hurt a business and can hold it back from achieving its greater long-term goals. These include missing out on new project bids, inefficient expenses, and client turnover, which compound to hurt future outlooks and the company’s bottom line.
Reducing Risk on the Jobsite and the Balance Sheet with Live Field Data
Risk is an inherent aspect of the construction business, and managing it effectively is what separates successful projects from projects that fail. As it is, the majority of projects teeter on the edge of reasonable profitability. With so little room for error, construction leaders can’t risk mistakes in labor-management, safety precautions or botched data collection reporting that negatively affects job costing and project timelines. Fortunately, technology can help.
Four Ways Live Field Data Can Streamline Project Management
The role of construction project manager is not for the faint of heart. They’re the eyes and ears of everything happening on a job site and are responsible for keeping the office staff and other key stakeholders in the loop. On top of that, they spend their time planning, benchmarking and managing time and risk, as well as distributing resources and managing the projects budget.
How to Boost Your Team’s Construction Productivity in 2021
Research shows that two goals in implementing a workforce management strategy are: One, to lower labor costs and, two, to increase workforce productivity. A mobile workforce platform can help your company achieve both. In an industry where a company’s workforce is regularly scattered across jobsites and administrative offices (and now even home offices), one of the greatest challenges construction companies face is keeping everyone on the same page. By integrating a mobile workforce platform with your ERP or accounting systems’ planned budget, construction companies can capture live field data for labor and production to propel them beyond live productivity tracking to predicting the productivity pace needed to stay on budget and on schedule.