Picture this. I was the business owner of a construction business. I managed more than 100 men across many job sites. Like many of my mates in construction, I sat at my desk late at night, trying to make sense of what was happening in my business. I shuffled paper around. I tried to figure out whether my estimates were close to my actuals. I wondered whether I was over or under my project budget and whether the team on site were being productive.
As a business owner, we all know what it feels like to be drowning in paperwork. There’s a constant stream of crucial information flowing in and out of the business. We need a solid paper trail for day to day operations to run smoothly, but it’s not always easy to manage it all.
Organising labor effectively and across multiple sites is one of the greatest challenges faced by construction business owners in the building industry. It chews up profit and hours very quickly when not managed effectively.
It’s that time of the week or fortnight that you dread. A tedious, time-consuming process that you apply the same kind of enthusiasm to, say, a root canal or being stuck in peak-hour traffic on the way to a site.
A recent article published on The Deal says “The construction industry is ripe for disruption.” We would have to agree.It continues to tell us “Disruption happens to industries that have poor communication, wasted resources, cumbersome processes, lots of ticket-clippers and an attitude of ‘this is the way things are done, mate’.