No contractor is an island. There’s simply too much going on in any construction project for one contractor to succeed alone. On and off-site, key players only succeed when they’re able to easily share and distribute information with one another.
When project data is inefficiently communicated and collaboration comes to a halt, countless problems begin to show themselves. On-site problems and data are clumsily reported or completely unknown to in-office players while on-site contractors are kept in the dark when it comes to ongoing budgets. Simply put, on-site workers can’t see the big picture while in-office workers and project stakeholders can’t see the progress of project goals as they happen. This lack of foresight undermines crucial decisions and wastes valuable time across departments.
So how can companies optimize the collaboration process and keep all relevant players in the loop without wasting time? Do you need to spend time and money coaching employees on collaboration practices, only to see a slight improvement?
Luckily, high-end project communication software simplifies the process and makes collaboration almost second-nature: critical tools like instant photo-logging make everyone’s job easier while streamlining collaboration. Say goodbye to non-standard reports and the need for constant re-keying.
All that being said—not all collaboration software is created equal. Some solutions may enable collaboration without empowering it. To empower collaboration, data should be shared with the click of a button to a single database in a standard format. Avoid solutions that pack in a variety of collaboration tools without addressing the true goal: to make online collaboration as seamless as face-to-face discussion while providing streamlined access to relevant data.