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It’s good to talk, so let the tech translate

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Technology can help the UK construction industry draw in the skills it needs from an international pool of workers by translating communication in real time

Technology can help the UK construction industry draw in the skills it needs from an international pool of workers, writes Pocketalk’s Jess O’Dwyer – by translating communication in real time

The global construction industry has been booming in recent years. One of the primary drivers of growth in the UK construction industry is investment in infrastructure.

The government has pledged to invest £100 billion in projects across the country, including major projects such as the High-Speed 2 (HS2) railway line and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

As construction companies strive to meet the growing demand for their services, they are faced with the need for more skilled workers, which an international workforce can offer.

International workers bring different skills, experiences, and expertise to the job site, enriching the industry. They contribute a rich tapestry of diverse perspectives, and an appreciation for different approaches to construction. International workers often bring fresh ideas and solutions, helping construction companies adapt and thrive in a constantly evolving and competitive industry.

However, one significant hurdle often stands in the way – language barriers. Miscommunication and misunderstandings due to language differences can slow down projects, compromise safety, and reduce overall efficiency.

For the full potential of international workers to be realised, it’s essential to eliminate the language barriers that can hamper collaboration and productivity. This is where technology steps in as a silent, yet incredibly effective, partner.

Embrace technology

In this era of digital innovation, there’s a powerful solution to bridge this gap: Technology. By leveraging language translation tools and devices, construction companies can not only overcome language barriers but also create a more inclusive and dynamic work environment.

Effective communication is the backbone of any successful project, and when team members speak different languages, miscommunications can lead to costly errors, delays, and even safety risks. Tech solutions like Pocketalk, however, are changing the game by providing real-time translation services in a compact and user-friendly device.

The portable, pocket-sized, GDPR compliant device can translate 82 languages both in audio and text, making it clear for the users what is being asked or said. By equipping international workers with such a tool, construction companies enable seamless communication between team members who may not share a common language.

Many companies already support international colleagues with language classes, and technology can help support this further by helping them practice whilst they learn the new language.

Enhancing safety on the job

Language translation is crucial in enhancing safety, which is a paramount concern in the construction industry, where workers often find themselves in hazardous environments.

Effective communication is critical to ensuring that safety protocols are understood and followed, reducing the risk of accidents. Investing in overcoming language barriers demonstrates a firm’s commitment to inclusion and keeping their workers safe, which will help to attract international workers.

Furthermore, the sense of security that international workers gain from being able to communicate effectively in the workplace enhances their overall job satisfaction.

Boosting efficiency and productivity

In the construction industry, time is money. Delays caused by language barriers can be expensive, leading to missed deadlines and budget overruns.

Using tech based solutions eliminate the need for time-consuming, manual translation, enabling workers to communicate directly and get the job done faster and more efficiently.

Efficiency also extends to project management. Project managers can communicate more effectively with international workers, making it easier to allocate tasks, track progress, and adjust plans as needed.

This can result in a smoother workflow, reducing the likelihood of bottlenecks and ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget.

Fostering inclusivity and team building

Inclusivity is a key driver of job satisfaction and productivity. When international workers feel that their contributions are valued and that they can communicate effectively with their colleagues, it creates a more inclusive work environment.

As a result, collaboration and team cohesion improve. Construction companies that embrace technology to overcome language barriers often find that their teams become more unified and work together more smoothly.

The exchange of ideas and experiences between international and local workers can lead to innovative solutions and improved problem-solving, ultimately benefiting the entire construction project.

Using a translation tool also empowers international workers to build relationships both in and outside of the company. Often, overseas recruits can return home as they feel lonely or have struggled to fit in with the community. Eradicating language barriers is one step in preventing this.

The construction industry’s demand for international workers is likely to continue to grow, and the integration of diverse talent can fuel innovation and success.

To unlock the full potential of these international workers, construction companies must invest in translation solutions, which facilitate seamless communication and collaboration.

The future of construction is global, and with the right tools, language will no longer be a barrier to success.

Main image: Jess O’Dwyer is the general manager for Europe at Pocketalk

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