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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

How To Conduct Annual Reviews At Your Construction Company

Posted by Brett Long on Feb 22, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Annual reviews are a tried and true management tool that helps everyone understand their performance or where there is room for improvement. These guidelines will show you how to design an annual review process for your construction company.

Once you have considered all of the questions and points you want to cover in your annual reviews, we recommend using digital construction forms to keep that information accessible and stored digitally without needing to be entered manually. This will make it easier to look back on previous years' data. Choosing the right construction form builder will help to keep the process organized.

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Topics: Construction

4 Ways to Use E-forms to Improve Construction Hiring

Posted by Brett Long on Feb 7, 2018 11:40:00 AM

Hiring well in the construction industry is getting more difficult each year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of new construction jobs is forecast to grow faster than the average for the job market. For employers, that means it is going to become more difficult to stand out and attract talent, especially with the continued construction labor shortage.

Competition for workers is not the only factor that makes construction hiring challenging. Collect the wrong data on your construction e-forms, and your company’s hiring process may miss out on critical opportunities. Even worse, if you collect the wrong information, you may violate labor laws that relate to discrimination.

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Topics: Construction

Faster, Stronger, Cheaper: 2018 Construction Technology Trends to Know

Posted by Brett Long on Jan 9, 2018 9:32:00 AM

What construction technology trends will come to market in 2018? It will be a mix of continuing trends, new opportunities and potential competition. Some of these trends are ready for immediate implementation — you need only buy the products and seek out training.

Other trends are not quite ready for production, but it pays to be informed. CB Insights reports that $800 million in investment has flowed into construction technology since 2012. It’s only a matter of time before those investments bring new products to market.

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Topics: Construction