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Paper Forms or Digital Forms: Which Are Better for Construction?

Posted by Brett Long on Sep 6, 2018 11:31:50 AM

Construction supervisors are under tremendous pressure at work. Management and clients are pushing to meet deadlines. Employees need guidance, reminders to use their safety equipment, and training. But that’s not all. You probably also need to pitch in from time to time when somebody calls in sick.

With all these daily pressures, it's easy to fall for the lie of just working more hours every day to get through everything on your list.

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Topics: Construction, Mobile Forms

3 Strategies to Optimize Your Construction Training

Posted by Brett Long on May 22, 2018 9:25:00 AM

What is your construction training program designed to achieve? Some companies focus on meeting minimum standards for safety. Other companies like HDR and Fluor — firms that recently built or repaired hundreds of bridges in Oregon — are known for their investments in bringing new people into the skilled trades.

With all the different possibilities, how can you get the best results from your training investment?

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Topics: Construction

The Digital Strategy for Boosting Construction Customer Loyalty

Posted by Brett Long on May 8, 2018 9:39:00 AM

Construction projects take months or years to complete and require ongoing input from the customer. A proactive approach to customer service is essential to construction success. Instead of relying solely on charisma and sales ability to keep customers happy, use a relationship management approach.

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Topics: Construction

4 Simple Ways to Improve Construction Vendor Management

Posted by Brett Long on Apr 4, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Managing vendors is an important part of operations for construction companies. But what happens when someone drops the ball? If a vendor is late in delivering bricks, concrete or electrical supplies, what happens to your productivity and project timeline? The project may face delays or grind to a complete halt.

When managing a variety of different vendors, it's critical to collect and track the right data to understand if things are working as they should or if you need to find a replacement.

Don't let a project get stalled because you're using the wrong vendor. Try these tips to proactively manage your vendors.

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Topics: Construction

Construction Forms: Which Should You Digitize First?

Posted by Brett Long on Mar 7, 2018 9:34:00 AM

In 2015, McKinsey & Company identified construction as one of the least digitized industries. Sadly, not much has changed since then. However, a few companies are looking for digitization opportunities. Digitization may be daunting — where exactly should you start? The answer is simple: focus on transforming your paper forms into digital assets.

Why focus on forms? Forms, checklists and related documents are the workhorses of business administration. Nearly every important process and workflow — whether it is safety, planning or project management — has forms that are critical to getting work done. Given how much you use forms at work, isn’t it worth finding ways to make them more efficient?

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Topics: Construction, Mobile Forms