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Balancing Education and Time Constraints to Improve Efficiency on Construction Projects

Posted by Ryan Leech

Jun 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Time is money during construction projects. Any delay that pushes back the completion of a project racks up expenses which can be frustrating for any company.Balancing_Education_and_Time_Constraints_to_Improve_Efficiency

Extra days on site require more employee wages, rental expenses, and numerous other costs that can negatively impact the bottom line.

Additionally, there are contractual legal issues to consider depending on what your agreement was and what constitutes an acceptable delay.

A tremendous amount of importance is regularly placed on determining the right tools and amount of people required to get the job done, and rightfully so as these are critical details, but accurate scheduling is equally important.

This reality puts contractors in the difficult position of balancing worker education with a finite amount of time.

Improving technology has made the ability to work faster and more efficiently easier than it has ever been before, and it will continue to progress in the future.

While improvements do not evolve as quickly as they do in the cellphone or computer processing industry, there have been substantial points of growth that mean technology in the construction is no longer an option but a necessity.

Just this year at the CONEXPO 2014 conference several manufacturers extolled the virtues of telematic technology.

The evolution of equipment will continue to provide workers with better tools and managers with more timely information on machine performance. However, the technological advances are only useful if your employees can understand them and use them to their fullest capacity.

If you have the right tools and the correct amount of people, but just tell them to have at it, you will not get the best results out of your investments.

As companies recognize the importance of understanding the latest technology, there have been concerted efforts to improve the methods of education.

Last year Prep Tech hosted its inaugural two-day interactive construction conference to demonstrate the best practices for the successful implementation of new technology.

The conference, which will take place again this year in December, was designed to help companies overcome the barriers associated with new equipment.

Other companies are re-evaluating the way they handle employee education to optimize their operations.

Here are three quick tips to improve your methods of employee education without wasting an inordinate amount of time on it.

Train on the Job

Limit the amount of time you educate in a classroom setting.

Training people on their machines will help eliminate wasted time and make your instruction more practical.

Instead of an abstract concept, they can immediately see how what they are learning will impact the job they are working on.

Train in Small Groups

The more direct contact you can have the better the instructions will be received.

Training in large groups can often have the reverse effect and more time will be needed later to re-educate people on the things they missed in the large setting.

Provide Feedback and Reinforcement

It is unrealistic to expect people to perfectly understand proper use and technique right off the bat.

Many managers make the mistake of giving a brief overview and then letting their operators work without further instruction.

Providing positive feedback about the concepts they applied correctly and reinforcing your instruction with future opportunities they will have will help improve their attitude toward learning and keep building their level of efficiency.

Ultimately you will know how your employees learn best and what methods will reach them most effectively, but by committing to better education and training, you will become more efficient than ever.

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