Technology continues to widen its scope to the point that it’s slowly affecting the construction industry for the past few years. We can say that we’re in the middle of digital transformation and technology would continue to change how experts engineer, manufacture, design, and build.
Prioritizing Talent Management
Initially, the workforce management in the construction industry works in a way where hiring and firing happen on a regular basis as it’s the general trend of the economy.
That means workers have no choice but to compete with each other to stay. Strategic workforce planning becomes very crucial as the project manager must think of ways on how to ensure the future of the company by meeting the demands regarding quantity and quality of skills. Part of this also includes planning, recruitment, and training.
With technology, the construction industry is undergoing rapid transformation. There’s the BIM, wireless sensing, big data, analytics, 3D printing, and many more. All of which need various skill sets which put the industry in competition with tech companies.
As for construction CEOs, they are highly aware that talent management should be a top priority because the students and young professionals are already a key factor when it comes to their choice of employer.
Continuous Learning and Career Development
Based on surveys, for students, as well as young professionals, considered to be one of the most appealing aspects of a potential job is learning and career development. However, not all believed that the construction industry actually fulfills their expectations.
This only shows that continuous education and development is very important if you want to change the industry for the better. That’s why experts highly suggest the incorporation of this into their culture– be it in partnerships, academics, and so on.
The truth is, it can be quite challenging to implement new technology in the construction industry, and it would definitely take some time before you start to see the effects. A shift in paradigm is highly essential, and to make that happen, a collaboration between companies is a must. Technology makes it possible for companies to communicate with each other effortlessly.
Leveraging Technology and Innovation
As we embrace the latest technological innovations, such as smart wearables, smart water filled barricades, BIM, and 3D printing, we should also be ready to move forward by learning how to navigate these new technologies. Increased automation, new collaborations, and off-site prefabrication are just some of the advances known to help in improving productivity, and it also reduces the time needed to work on projects.
Then, there are also human-robot collaboration, exo-skeletons, and ergonomic processes that can all be beneficial for the construction industry as well. These are just some of the innovations that make everything less demanding.
Indeed, what we can enjoy from technology goes beyond design and architecture. To make that happen, it’s essential that companies learn how to use these innovations to their advantage and best of all, develop them even further.