3 ways to foster an innovative team
April 29, 2013
Investing in construction software is one of many ways businesses can be creative with their budgets, while streamlining processes at the firm. Constantly thinking about ways to be innovative is something all construction executives must do if they want their firms to survive in the competitive marketplace.
"There's a great saying in the South: 'You can't read the label when you are sitting inside the jar,'" G. Michael Maddock, CEO of the innovation firm Maddock Douglas, told BusinessNewsDaily. "It's hard to see a need and invent a way to fill that need when you've been inside one business or industry for a long time. You can't innovate from inside the jar, and if you aren't innovating, you're just waiting for the expiration date on your business."
It doesn't have to be a major overhaul of the business, but a few simple tweaks can go a long way in improving productivity at the firm. Here are a few tips for construction firm decision makers on how to be innovative.
Hire a diverse staff
Construction companies are expected to carry out several processes, and having a number of employees with similar skill sets can be a mistake. Hiring professionals with many different talents makes it easier to help the firm grow.
Experiment with processes
Many employees may believe there is only one way to carry out certain operations at a construction company. However, several firms have found that if they experiment with alternative measures they will begin to see better results.
Build a close-knit team
No employee wants to work at a company that is stress-inducing and many customers will feel the same way. By being easygoing and having a friendly culture, not only will employees quickly form close bonds, but it will also improve the reputation of the company.