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Yes, you need to automate your construction company—here’s why

It’s trickling down into all construction businesses, from the McCarthys and the Skanskas to the Moms and the Pops.

More and more construction automation software types as well as specific product names are being thrown around: CRMs, bidding packages, Procore and PlanGrid.

When the market was slower, the idea of spending money to make a process more efficient just seemed backwards, because wasn’t efficiency all about saving?

But when you have even a small margin of time and budget that allows you to zoom out on your business’s bigger picture, it’s a mistake to not take stock of your processes, and enact some best practices that will help your company run like a well-oiled machine.

Why? Because you better believe your competitors are increasing efficiency by adopting time tracking and/or document management software, equipment tracking, bidding and scheduling tools, smart vests, and other efficiency measures.

And if you have even a whisper of time to make your contracting game tighter and better, why wouldn’t you?

“We have to focus on getting tech a little bit bigger piece of the pie while we have the pie money.” -Michael Oster, Founder, CEO at Gemba Technologies

That said, it’s essential to take the smart approach we describe in our eBook to adopting tech to get the best returns for your business.

The why & how of automating

We read a lot of articles on construction automation, and conducted a survey to ask industry pros how they apply it. Here are a few pointers drawn from our research:

  • Look for processes in the office or field that eat up your time and are subject to human error to help you figure out where to start automating your business.
  • Popular choices for companies with 50+ employees include time tracking and project management software.
  • Those who choose time tracking or project management software are happiest with the outcome. Those who choose smart equipment or safety tech have fewer satisfying experiences.
  • Loan services can provide you with an influx of cash when you’re ready to automate.

The young and the restless

It’s a no-brainer that new technology brings you more data and helps you work faster, thereby impressing your clients. But another key consideration in deciding whether or not to digitize with more automation tools and software: the labor shortage.

If construction is going to do better at bringing in young recruits, it’s going to have to make friends with technology.

On a small scale, what this means for each contractor is streamlining your processes with technology, because young recruits will expect that—whether it’s digital time tracking, automated scheduling, or equipment and safety monitoring on a cloud-based dashboard. If you cling too stubbornly to advancing without technology, you’ll still have the quality of your work to speak for you—but you’ll risk losing to the competition when it comes to hiring promising young labor.

Want more information about what automating your construction business means, and how to get more ROI from it? Check out our eBook for tips and stats like those above so you can stay ahead of the curve and profit more.