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'New World Order' In Construction

Back To Work


Encouraged by the Prime minister, many of the nation's construction sites are beginning to reopen. Slowly but surely, we’ll get back to some semblance of normality albeit a new normal, governed by the CLC Site Operating Procedures (https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Site-Operating-Procedures-Version-3.pdf) and the irreversible requirement to change how we work.


The new regime set by the challenge of Covid-19 may have inadvertently saved the construction industry by birthing a new era of digital transformation and innovation, which could help solve the industry wide productivity and skill shortage challenges.


The covid-19 pandemic has put an end to outdated traditional working methods and now’s the time to pause, take stock on the way forward and how you can position your business to capitalise on the inevitable changes ahead.


How to Capitalise


Position your company head and shoulders above the competition and capitalise on this new world order by: 1. Implementing digital transformation and 2. Adopting innovative talent models that drive flexibility and keep your people safe yet productive.


1. Digital transformation


Research by the McKinsey Global Institute shows that digital transformation can result in productivity gains of 14 to 15 percent and cost reductions of 4 to 6 percent.


Your company can benefit from some of these gains by investing in just one piece of the digital transformation puzzle; process digitisation.


By moving away from paper and toward online, real-time sharing of information you ensure transparency and collaboration, timely progress and risk assessment, quality control, and, eventually, better and more reliable outcomes for your projects. Stop relying on paper to manage processes and deliverables such as procurement, supply-chain orders, equipment logs, daily progress reports, and punch lists.


It’s because of the lack of digitisation in your business that information sharing is delayed and members of your organisation and external stakeholders often work from different versions of reality which results in you arguing with clients and the supply chain over the progress of works, variation orders and their subsequent payments.


There are so many tools now available to help your business collaborate and share information in real time and even bespoke solutions may not be as expensive as you think.


2. Adoption of innovative talent models.


Whether it’s anxiety at the thought of entering a crowded office or the realisation that working remotely can be more productive, many people will now be demanding different working arrangements. Businesses that want to stay ahead of the competition will need to adopt innovative talent models that encompass remote working as a minimum.


Talent as a Service (TaaS) is the solution that you need to incorporate into your business. Not only does it go hand in hand with remote working it will enable your business to enjoy flexible access to the right talent at the right time, for the right price while lowering the cost of retaining skills by a considerable margin.


By integrating remote working and TaaS into your business you’ll be able to recruit people with the skills you need in hours not weeks or even longer, you won’t be restricted to the local talent pool and will be free to recruit the best talent no matter their location and you’ll benefit from reduced office costs and people overhead by dramatically reducing the size of your office and payroll staff.


Of course this only applies to white collar workers that don’t install the physical works but who wouldn't want the pick of the best quantity surveyor’s, Estimators, planners and the like and the money saved by empowering them to work offsite?



For help incorporating TaaS into your business feel free to get in touch ryanmahoney@zoomtal.com


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