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Firms support ‘digitally empowering’ site workers

A survey for a new CN report has revealed overwhelming support among construction firms for improving the digital connectivity of frontline site workers.

In a poll of almost 600 respondents involved in delivering projects, 98 per cent said they were in favour of ‘digitally empowering’ operatives.

Several industry figures backed the findings of the survey, which was conducted by CN in association with Microsoft.

Mace director of innovation and winning work Matthew Gough said: “I agree with the 98 per cent of your survey respondents that see it as extremely or reasonably important to digitally enable frontline workers.

“In our experience technology is already improving connectivity and enabling much more collaboration between offices and sites.”

Nearly two-thirds of respondents (62 per cent) said operatives being properly digitally connected was extremely important and that business would suffer if they were not, with a further 35 per cent citing it as reasonably important.

CN’s report, Construction: The case for digital enablement, also analyses data from the survey that suggests digital enablement can improve recruitment and retention.

ISG group technology director John Bromilow agreed that technology can play a significant role in recruitment.

“Just over two-thirds of respondents [71 per cent] recognised that technology helps with employee attraction, and at ISG our experience is that this is a major factor in attracting and retaining the best candidates,” he said.

“If we cannot demonstrate the built environment sector is a natural home for the most technology-literate candidates, then we will be squandering the opportunity to attract those very people we need to drive the revolutionary change necessary to increase productivity and sustainability.”

Construction: The case for digital enablement also considers the impact on training, company culture and barriers to success.

It is free to read and can be found here.

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