Just like any other industries, the landscape of construction industry is dynamic– changes happen on a constant basis. Every time, innovations and promises await those who are part of it.
There’s no doubt about that as these developments usually bestow promising rewards, such as reduction of rework, saving time, saving money, and most especially, ensuring the safety of the workers. However, often, it becomes a little challenging to introduce these changes to the workers, and we’re here to help.
Here are some of the best ways on how to welcome new technology in the construction industry.
1. Always Investigate New Technology Options
Before introducing a new technology in the construction site, such as the use of smart safety cones, smart PPE, and the like, it’s imperative to identify the issues it is going to address and look for possible solutions.
An investigation or overall assessment that focuses on the problems in the field and identifies new technology solutions is a great way to involve your worker to be part of the transition. Likewise, interviewing them or allowing them to submit their input could help you gain their acceptance once these new technologies are implemented.
2. Careful Planning
Aside from investigating and doing the necessary research regarding the new technology, it’s also important to carefully plan how to implement and execute the use of these technological advancements.
An integral part of achieving worker acceptance is by making sure that they wouldn’t be negatively affected by this change. This also means that everyone involved should be part of the planning process to be able to implement it successfully.
3. Consider the Main Issue
As we talk about technological advancements, we often focus on what’s new and popular. In the construction industry, this approach isn’t advisable at all, as it can be a waste of investment.
Instead, the focus should be on the issue that you want to resolve and look for a technology that could make that happen. See to it that the solution solves a problem that everyone continually deals with.
For instance, you have noticed that carrying large drawings and running back and forth to the job site is a complete waste of time. Then, you have to look for a solution, and one of which would be the introduction of mobile devices capable of carrying and transmitting all the latest plans, drawings, and specifications needed for the project. Aside from that, incorporating a centralized document management process capable of making it easy for the team to keep the documents up-to-date can also be of great help.
4. Talk About the Need and Possible Solution
After researching and planning, you have to present the findings to the construction company you’re part of. It’s essential that you communicate and discuss the problem, as well as the possible ways on how to fix it through the use of new construction technology.
Don’t forget to explain to everyone affected what is wrong with the current technology and why is there a need to switch to a newer one. Likewise, encourage your team to provide feedback and ask questions regarding this switch.
Keep in mind, the reason you’re going to implement new technology in the first place is to improve productivity, safety, and efficiency– so everyone can benefit– that’s why you have to make sure that everyone understands your purpose so that they can quickly welcome this change.
5. Become an Expert and Train Everyone
Before you can expect your workers to use the product or new technology, it’s crucial that you familiarize yourself and become an expert on it first. That means you should do your assignment and research everything about this new technology so that when someone has a question, you can quickly answer them on the spot.
You should also be aware of the ins and outs of the new machinery or equipment, and practice troubleshooting so that in case you experience system malfunction, you can quickly fix it. By doing so, you’ll be prepared, and it can even encourage your team to embrace this change.
Training is significant as well. You cannot expect your workers to understand everything by themselves, especially if it’s a new technology.
What you can do is offer group training and seminars for everyone, and personal lessons to those who have to handle complex equipment. You should also know who might use the technology and make sure that the person has the necessary skills and expertise to operate it.