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3 Ways You Can Convince Your Boss to Make the Move to Construction Software.

“Change starts at the top” — this is a phrase that underlines just how important it is to get executives on-board when it comes to implementing new tools or processes.

 

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According to a KPMG report, “Organizations that successfully align their talent strategy to organizational strategy have a higher success rate than those that don’t. Strong leadership skills will enable organizations to deliver podium worthy projects.”

That said, if you’re planning to introduce technology to streamline and manage your construction management processes, it pays to have the higher-ups support it. Your objective is to help them understand that a construction management software (CMS) can help improve operations by automating, streamlining, and eliminating manual tasks.

Here are 3 ways that can help drive this point home —

1. Demonstrate efficiency and capability of new tools

Email and spreadsheets were game changers for businesses when they were first introduced. However, as industries evolved to become more fast-paced, it became clear that the functionality of these two critical business tools wasn’t enough. For instance, email volume alone can lead to miscommunication and costly mistakes. Spreadsheets can be tedious and time-consuming. What you need now is a way to streamline the strengths of these business tools so that you can efficiently manage deadlines, monitor schedules, communicate with teams, and encourage collaboration and data sharing among team members — which a CMS can do.

With a CMS in place, your company can reduce the inefficiencies of your current processes. Try to gather data on how much time is wasted when employees have to constantly sift through emails and paperwork to find the right documentation for a project. Check statistics on how often miscommunication arises because you only have email to rely on for communication. These can help emphasize the impact that inefficient processes can have on your operations.

2. Highlight ability to seamlessly track project data and performance

A CMS can easily track and record insight, data, and critical information about a project. This feature essentially makes it easier to ensure that past success can be repeated and your track record can be maintained.

To better illustrate this, take a look at your previous projects. Start researching key statistics such as how long production took, what was the manpower required, what resources were used. Be sure to track the time it took to compile the statistics and data. Then compare it to how much easier it would be to gather similar information with a CMS in place.

3. Build a team of supporters

A big challenge for offices is employee resistance to new technology or way of ‘doing things’— especially for industries like construction where teams find comfort in following traditional processes. Still, there will be a few who are willing to try new ways of doing things, on the premise that it can help make their work and life easier. Identify these people and give them a chance to try out the CMS themselves.

After a few weeks of using the platform, ask them to write a brief report outlining the pros and cons of using the CMS. How did it help them do their job better? What aspects of their job became easier to do? How much time did it take to learn using it? What challenges did they encounter? Would they recommend that the platform be implemented company-wide?

A team of employees advocating the use of a new tool is a great way to demonstrate its functionality and efficacy.

Wrap Up

Remember, finding the right CMS to use is just the first step towards maximizing everything it can do for your company. Getting the support of your bosses is your next step. The above points could help offer a compelling business case that will help them recognize the real value that a CMS can provide.

To learn more about how Construction Management software can help your business, contact PASKR today.

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