5 nightmares for every contractor

The role of a contractor has multiple levels of responsibilities given the fact that they are accountable for a vast range of people and tasks. On top of that, contractors are under constant pressure to deliver a great result to their client.

In that sense, it doesn’t take much to understand that the job of a contractor can be extremely stressful. In an effort to provide a better visualisation of the obstacles that contractors may come across on their day-to-day work, we present below five nightmares for every contractor regardless of the type of projects they are working on.

  1. Managing and delegating tasks on site

Maintaining a good connection between the back office and the construction site is of paramount importance. Especially if we take also into account that a contractor normally is responsible for a number of demanding projects at the same time.

That being said, task delegation can sometimes be a real nightmare for contractors as they may lack precise overview of the project’s progress. Thankfully, with the rise of digital technologies things have started to change for the better.

Being able to keep track of everything that is happening on site in real time can shorten the project cycle, minimise delays and lower rework rates. After all, “the programme is king” in construction and staying on top of the latest project updates is always the number one priority. But it doesn’t have the number one nightmare.

  1. Staying in control of the supply chain

The way the supply chain communicates and collaborates can also be a notable source of pain for many contractors. At the moment, it is no exaggeration to say that the supply chain in construction is very fragmented. There are simply too many decision makers and in quite a few cases valuable information can be lost as a project progresses.

Finding the right subcontractors for the job is always a challenge for contractors. The problem can be even more intense if as a contractor you don’t have yet a network of professionals whom you can trust and with whom you have worked again in the past.

The good news is that as digital tools have begun to emerge in the industry, it becomes gradually easier for contractors to gain control over the supply chain and hold everyone accountable for their deeds.

That is an extremely important parameter for restoring trust in contractual relations as it can lock disputes out of the project and save contractors a great deal of money and time.

  1. Repeating the same mistakes

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. One of the biggest nightmares for contractors around the globe is that of making the same mistakes again and again. Learning from past projects can pave the way for boosting productivity and improving efficiency in the construction industry.

For that to happen, contractors need to become better in taking care of their project data. These precious bits of information can provide excellent guidance in regard to upcoming projects based on geographic location, type of project, equipment and many more.

Simply put, data can be the way out for contractors in regard to this nightmare, as it can help them improve their decision-making process and bring their problem-solving abilities up to speed.

  1. Lack of skilled labour

The lack of skilled workers is a nightmare for the entire industry and contractors could be no exception. Construction seems unable to attract the new workforce generation which prefers to pursue an ambitious career in more digitised sectors. As a result, it can be a big challenge for contractors to find people who are properly trained in order to complete successfully the tasks in demand.

On that you should also add the fact that the needs of the sector are rapidly changing and soon construction will be in serious need of knowledge workers instead of construction workers. In other words, they will be in need of people who have a good understanding of analytics and at the same time a certain knowledge around the industry.

Without a doubt, we are talking about a tricky combination which can make life even harder for contractors. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity for the entire sector to revitalise its profile and become appealing for young and tech-savvy individuals.

Investing in the training of their employees can also be a way forward for contractors. In that manner, they can improve the ones that they have already found and make sure that they train them according to the current and upcoming needs of the organisation.

  1. Paperwork

Last but certainly not least, the paperwork nightmare. It goes without saying that this is a very common struggle for almost everyone involved in a construction project. The amount of tasks and captured information in the course of almost every project is gigantic and can be extremely time-consuming for contractors on almost a daily basis.

As the construction industry goes digital and pen-and-paper practices are left behind things are getting a little better but there is still a whole mountain that needs to be climbed. For now, paperwork is still a source of pain and frustration for many contractors who seem to be trapped in formality processes instead of investing their time and creativity in developing projects which can take the construction industry by storm.

Final word

By now, it is clear that the role of a contractor is very challenging as it entails a plethora of tasks and duties. There are many different factors that contractors need to take into consideration due to their multi-purposed role.

Nonetheless, the emergence of digital technologies in combination with the general paradigm shift in the sector are expected to pave the way for a new approach with regards to the challenges that a contractor is normally battling against.

About the author: Anastasios Koutsogiannis is Content Marketing Manager at GenieBelt.