Every New Year brings the opportunity to clear the slate and start adopting better, more productive habits. While eating healthier and exercising may top the list of personal resolutions, construction professionals may find themselves with a few additional goals for 2014. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions worth consideration by construction pros:
1. Contribute to a safer working environment
Safety is a top priority in every workplace; however, it’s even more pertinent in a field like construction. Stay up-to-date on the latest amendments to OSHA regulations and policies and keep co-workers informed of these changes. Identify the behaviors that lead to injuries and take measures to prevent them.
2. Be more efficient
Procrastination may seem like a good idea at the time, but there are a few easy ways to keep you and your team ahead of the curve. New mobile technologies can put you on the right track. Several applications are available that let you review documents and share them with your coworkers and customers while in the field. Meeting agendas can also be a big time saver. They ensure all important topics are discussed and minimize time wasted.
3. Build a stronger pool of skilled workers
One of the biggest issues plaguing the construction industry is its shortage of skilled workers. Attending trade conventions, networking and reading industry news can give construction professionals an opportunity to work together and find creative solutions to this problem. Answers may vary by region, though keeping in contact with current industry professionals as well as the next generation, now in college, is a great start.
4. Read more and ask questions
Construction is a physical industry. But critical thinking and well-informed decisions are crucial in effective project planning and execution. Reading about construction trends and issues can give you greater insight into what is going on outside of your company’s bubble or what your competitors may be working on. Keep yourself apprised about the broader future of construction and trends like green building and emerging technologies.
Seeing the bigger picture can help you anticipate shifting trends and help you position yourself as an industry leader. Asking questions and engaging colleagues can foster greater communication, resulting in rewarding exchanges of thoughts and ideas. Of course we’re partial to the ModSpace Blog. But some other good sources for industry updates include: ReedConstructionData.com, ConstrucTech.com, and McGraw Hill Construction.com. Get started on sharing insight with others and list some of your other favorite construction reads in the comments!
Happy New Year from ModSpace! Here’s to a successful 2014!