The construction industry isn’t exactly known for its exciting new tech. For the newest generation of workers, who grew up using smartphones and laptops on a daily basis, trade work seems rooted in tradition.
Younger people often decline to pursue lucrative training or job opportunities in this industry because they assume construction companies aren’t modern or forward-thinking. They don’t want to learn new, complex skill sets to work in a business built on outdated tools and infrastructures. Old-fashioned processes like pen and paper reporting or paper time cards, both of which are still widely used in construction, discourage many potential applicants.
However, despite the industry’s reputation, some construction companies embrace technology and utilize modern solutions for daily reports, time tracking, payroll, communications and other crucial operations. The companies that use technology in this way are far more likely to attract and retain qualified young workers.
Reprinted courtesy of Brian Poage, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.