Much has been said, written and analyzed about the construction industry’s challenges with matching the productivity levels of other sectors of employment. Studies are performed annually to determine if the industry as a whole is moving the needle, and time and again, the answer is the same: the needle is moving, but not fast enough.
There are a variety of factors at play, many of which cannot be directly placed at the feet of the industry as a whole. An over-reliance on public sector work and the uncertainties that come with it; poor balance of risks versus rewards; and lack of clarity, especially when contractors aren’t managing projects themselves. All of these are obvious roadblocks to investments in technology solutions and other tools that might enhance productivity; the question now is how to sidestep those roadblocks and pave the way for productivity gains.
The McKinsey Global Institute Report, “Reinventing Construction: A Route To Higher Productivity” features the organization’s findings about the lack of progress in overall construction industry productivity, along with feedback from company representatives to dig down into ways these obstacles can be overcome while pursuing impactful process improvements. The report broke these findings down into seven major categories:
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