The decrease in productivity can cause many problems for a construction company. Project delays and costs connected to it are a nightmare for many businesses. Learn how to manage the projects better and keep your teams' productivity under control! Your company will thank you for it.
2020 is a surprising and unpredicted year for all of us. The coronavirus pandemic influenced every country, every economy, every industry, construction including. Its long-term effects are not fully known yet, since the situation changes all the time, new restrictions take place, new problems occur. We can analyse the data we already have and try to predict the future, but we can’t be sure that it won’t change in a matter of days. So what can we do? We can prepare our company for that unpredictable future.
While the long-term consequences of the pandemic are not certain, short-term effects are already a pain point for many. The impact of covid-19 is already causing productivity losses of around 35% on the UK’s construction sites! As a result, we are now facing project delays and growing costs connected to it.
Oftentimes, when companies consider investing in new technologies, they usually focus too much on costs and underestimate the benefits of the solutions. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, we need innovations to better respond to customer needs and not to be left behind our competitors in this constantly changing market.
The situation is troubling and there’s no simple (or fast) solution. Since there’s no cure available yet or vaccines, the primary solution for self-protection is social distancing and extensive hygiene. Problem? Social distancing is almost impossible on the construction sites! Adding new restrictions to the labour shortage and material delays cause deepening productivity gaps. Oftentimes, to meet the deadline, companies could use all the workforce they have and assign it to a particular project to boost the final construction stages and deliver the project on time. Right now, it’s not possible, and many projects are falling behind.
Fortunately, the construction industry can use some solutions to control and manage the growing problem of productivity decrease. With the increasing importance of modern technology and innovative approaches - we can make the situation better.