Decrease Ambiguity and Guesswork, Guarantee Quality, and Boost Productivity with Process Standardization

June 14, 2021 Karli Langner

All construction projects have the same goal: boost productivity and efficiency while reducing errors and accidents. Standardization can be an effective way to do this. It defines expectations, formalizes processes and creates accountability. On a billion-dollar jobsite – where there are a million and one things going on – a form of standardization can take away some of the perplexity of daily processes, such as material/job cost management and invoice reconciliation.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are often put in place on a project very early on. From the time the ground is broken, while trees and grass are being cleared, foundations are being set for the next few months or years to come.   

While following SOP doesn’t automatically guarantee a perfect execution of work, it does lend itself to higher quality results via conforming to the best proven steps known to date by that specific organization. The SOP provides instruction for new workers, generally making it a big piece of most organizations’ training efforts and can also be used as a benchmark for all workers on how a work process is to be completed.

In our latest Jobsite Data Survey, 64% of respondents answered that they have an SOP in place at an organizational level, while 32% answered that they implement SOPs on project-by-project basis.

While a little over half of the respondents answered that they deal with 1-3 different vendor systems/processes, 49% said that they deal with 4-10 systems from the time of purchase all the way through to accounts payable. Multiple disjointed systems in the process provide multiple opportunities for error to occur - and that’s only for one order.

Despite the level of automation in P2P systems, operations are still plagued with inefficiencies, and throwing multiple systems into the process increases the chances of errors. Over half of the survey respondents credited up to 25% of their material costs to inaccurate data, lack of visibility, and lack of process standardization. Fourty-four percent said that this affects up to 10% of their material costs.

Having a structured management tool from the get-go can already set your workers and jobsite up for success.  When expectations are defined and function requirements and characteristics are specified, productivity can increase and confusion is eliminated.

Our CONNEX Jobsite suite of solutions helps to standardize how the workers on a jobsite are going to handle the material/job cost management and invoice reconciliation aspect of the job.

These tools can be used to standardize exactly how the ordering and purchasing aspects of the job are performed, and by doing so before the job kicks off, you don’t waste time training and going through the learning curve with employees. The tools can be implemented before the ground is even broken.

Want to learn how CONNEX Jobsite can help to standardize your next project? Visit www.connexjobsite.com for more information!

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