When a construction company seeks to create more efficient processes that minimize bottlenecks, the talk about digitalization for processes typically gets tossed around the meeting table. This talk leads to asking important questions such as:
What problems are we trying to solve?
What types of hardware or software will be needed?
How do we get workers to use these digital tools?
Figuring out how to go about the process needs to be ironed out so that digital tools and resources adoption is successful. Here are some steps to use to plan and implement digitization in operations.
1. Determine How Your Business Strategy and Digitalization Interconnects
The biggest advantage of digitalization is that it provides you with real-time data so you can make actionable and timely decisions. The plan’s first step needs to focus on what types of problems may need to be solved. You want to understand the types of information you want to gather and how will the actionable decisions help the company achieve its overall strategies and business goals.
This step helps you solve three important factors. 1). You’ll able to fully understand your business strategy. 2). You’ll see which constriction processes can reap the most benefits from digitalization. 3). You may home in on the right types of digitalization for those specific processes.
2. Obtain Employee Buy-In
After figuring out how digitalization may help the company reach its goals, you’ll need to help your employees understand so you can obtain full employee buy-in and adoption of the digital tools. Bring in different company departments and talk about the pain points they are experiencing with their work. Then talk with them about how digitalization will help them deal with these pain points.
For example, you may have mechanics dealing with overflowing work schedules when repairing and maintaining heavy equipment. While they are getting helpful advice and step-by-step instructions from frontier blog resources such as FortisHD, the mechanics need to be informed about breakdowns and service orders more efficiently.
You can relate to them about digitalization tools that may inform them about service schedules and work orders using remote mobile technologies.
3. Plan Digitalization Training
With the first two steps accomplished, you’ll be able to figure out what digital tools to invest in and have workers understand how these tools will be a benefit to their tasks. There will be many micro-steps to make sure the tools interconnect with different departments and decide the next type of digitalization to pursue.
Yet the one step that is often overlooked is training construction workers on the new tech tools. This process could involve having a specialist from the software company provide classes or demonstrations at the company’s facilities, allowing workers to access online tutorials, or sending workers to learn at trailing classes held at conferences or offsite locations.
Obtaining successful digitalization in the construction company won’t happen overnight. The planning and implementation process may take weeks to months based on the size and complexity of your construction operations. Yet these 3 steps may help you start on the right track to digitalizing your entire company.