For decades, the construction industry has relied on the same communication practices: job site updates are delivered in morning huddles, and site orientation is hosted in-person on day one of a worker’s contract. While these practices worked well in the past out of necessity, there are dangers in adhering to the “status quo,” and the results can be costly.
Relying on in-person or word-of-mouth communication leads to a number of inefficiencies. For starters, being unable to track conversation and project history creates worker confusion, delays and a need to re-do work, ultimately costing your team time and money. Sharing company and project updates only while physically in a group is inconvenient for you and your team. The construction industry is fast-paced, and regularly stopping work throughout the day to share in-person updates impacts your bottom line. Not to mention, workers who miss these in-person updates are even less equipped to complete the task at hand. Luckily, there’s an app for that.
Breaking the “status quo” and implementing a new communication practice may seem intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. Today’s workers are digital natives, and they’ll likely be quick to adopt and appreciate the benefits of mobile communication while on the job. Here are three reasons mobile communication technology should be a part of your construction job site: