Getting the sign off on a fresh suite of technology can be both an exciting and overwhelming time. Your teams will soon be powered by construction software that will hopefully streamline and enhance their workflows. But there’s just one catch: you need to get them to use it.
When it’s time to implement new technology, IT managers and other company leaders have a huge responsibility to train and support their staff in using technology. As the Field Training Manager at Power Design, a large national electrical contractor, Stephanie Morge does just that so workers can make the most out of technology and improve their efficiency. Joining the company a decade ago, she helps manage training for anything and everything that touches the field. “Innovation is one of Power Design’s core values. So, we’re always trying to provide the latest and greatest technology to our field teams,” says Stephanie.
During the PlanGrid Construction Summit June 10-11, 2018 in San Francisco, Stephanie will take the podium to discuss her journey rolling out mobile solutions across her company. She continues, “We know that in the end, it’s a return on investment. We have a whole training center dedicated to not only operations but the quality installation that we can provide to our customers through it.”
Stephanie’s session, “The Highs and Lows of Mobile Deployment,” will focus on best practices for IT Managers and other who are starting to deploy tablets, mobile devices and construction software to the field. In the lead up to the event, we spoke with Stephanie about her experience in the construction industry and training. Below, she discusses how she rolled out construction software at Power Design and provides a preview of what she’ll be discussing at Summit.
Why did you end up in the construction industry?
I started working with Power Design ten years ago and have never wanted to leave! I initially worked in payroll, moved to Quality Assurance and then to my current position in training. I love working for such an innovative, caring and fun company that has built a reputation for quality.
What do you love about the industry?
The thing I love most about the industry is the people! I enjoy learning about what motivates them, their families and what they see for themselves in the future. I also like hearing about how they got interested in the trade and why it continues to be their passion.
They are incredibly hard-working, and it is rewarding to see how the training and resources we provide can improve their profession.
What’s the main way technology has changed the way you work?
As a whole, it has changed the way we operate as a company. From the initial stages of coordination, to trim out, technology has provided us with the efficiencies and a streamlined process we need to be successful.
What’s the most important topic you hope to cover in your PlanGrid Summit session?
I hope to cover the importance of assessing the needs of your company and how you can leverage PlanGrid to meet those needs (i.e. issue tracking). We use issue stamps as part of our ‘Clear the Path’ concept, which is all about pushing production and identifying impediments to the critical path.
How did you roll out PlanGrid for your team?
Planning was a huge part of rolling out PlanGrid to our field teams. It was one of our biggest collaborative initiatives between IT and training. Not only were we rolling out PlanGrid, but we were rolling out iPads to our field team, so it was a huge undertaking. Although it was intimidating at first, PlanGrid was there for us the whole way, and our team really took to it. It was extremely easy to use, and our team took to it right away.
One of the big things we train on is the “why.” What’s the benefit to our field team? What are they going to get out of it? This helps them adopt the technology a little bit quicker.
How has PlanGrid helped you?
It has helped me see the value we provide through training our field staff on technology; from enhancing personal productivity to the overall success of the business. Our field teams are avid users of the technology.