Crafting a better jobsite communication network is our bread and butter at MindForge, and there’s a lot of tips and tricks we like to offer to our customers in order to get the most out of the content and platform.
In fact, we can name 10 different ways that MindForge supports front-line workers through communication, education and training right now. Check out our list below.
If you’re a current MindForge user and you want to tackle one of these uses, or if you’re just hearing about us for the first time (hi!) and want to learn more, reach out to us at https://mindforge.live/contact-us/
1. Improve team culture through two-way communication
We’ve found that two-way communication is usually a rarity on the construction site, but it is critical for providing last-minute updates to shipping delays or changes in priorities, as well as firming up your team’s culture. Your team can also get their questions answered quickly and easily get on the same page about a certain task.
Giving your employees a space to share knowledge and interact with one another helps solidify a high-performance team culture. This two-way communication is for the folks wearing the tool belts and gives them the ability to post questions, celebrate accomplishments and engage with their communities as a whole.
2. Assign “just-in-time” training to the field
You might have a new employee walk on a job site to help install windows or an employee you’ve worked with since the start of the project might try a new task involving the excavator. In either scenario, these people need to be equipped with the knowledge that makes them feel confident to tackle the task at hand. Have them walk over to a safe area and watch a brief tutorial to remind them of the safety best practices for their project.
3. Complete sexual harassment training
It is so important to make sure all of your employees feel comfortable on your job site. Sexual Harassment training is either required or strongly recommended in 30 states across the U.S., and MindForge offers a training option that your employees can easily review to stay up-to-date.
4. Provide health education related to COVID-19
We’re glad to be on this side of the pandemic with vaccination rates increasing, but COVID-19 has no doubt changed the sanitation requirements and expectations on job sites. Supply your workers with knowledge and best practices to keep themselves, their families and their friends safe from spreading viruses.
5. Communicate workers’ rights
We often see that worksites with more transparency typically have fewer stoppages and delays. Ensure each of your employees know what their rights are while they’re on the job site and keep this information in an easily accessible place so they feel confident you are watching out for them.
6. Facilitate jobsite orientation
It’s important that you look your new hires in the eye to ensure they’re fit for duty, but let us explain the orientation details so you don’t have to. MindForge can help you distribute tailored orientation videos for your specific projects to help keep the transfer of knowledge consistent and saves you time to get back to the important stuff.
7. Include subcontractors’ labor force to job site communication network
Each construction project is made up of various teams and tradespeople. There are a ton of moving parts, which makes communication and coordination critical. MindForge’s platform allows you to onboard and communicate with all employees involved with a project – subcontractors included. Yes, it’s possible — and it’s easy.
8. Send safety reminders and announcements to all personnel on a jobsite
From the concrete pourer who shows up for three hours at 2 a.m. and then leaves forever to the CEO, everybody deserves the same opportunity to know what’s going on around them. It’s essential that you standardize and guarantee access to your critical job site information to keep your people safe and establish a high-performance culture on site.
9. Create and communicate quality expectations through site specific “how to” videos
The fluidity of your workforce is natural, and we can help keep quality consistent. Provide any new hires with these “how to” videos to show them how you want the job done, without having to hover over their shoulder or micromanage.
10. Prepare your workforce for tomorrow’s planned activities through video pre-task planning
Get ahead of tomorrow! Your team will be glad to know that expectations are clearly laid out and they can feel better prepared for their day ahead. This will help keep you on track and keep your team engaged and excited about what’s to come.
Learn the OODA Loop Framework
We couldn’t leave you hanging with just 10 ways to use MindForge without mentioning the OODA Loop Framework. OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide and Act, and we have a course on how you can train your employees on it.
The OODA Loop was developed by U.S. Air Force Colonel and military strategist John Boyd to teach soldiers how to make critical decisions when there may not be time to gather all available information. In the same way it helped soldiers survive, the OODA framework can also make a significant impact on reducing serious injuries and fatalities on construction projects. You can read more about it here.