Make Learning New Construction Software Less Stressful
As construction becomes more technology rich, workers need to adapt to stay competitive. If you don’t come from a technical background, taking on new construction software might seem like a daunting task. Luckily, DocuWrx has been training users in our construction software for years, and we’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help new software users get started and we want to share them with you!
Identify Learning Objectives
Start by making a list of all the things you need to learn how to do in the software. Include the items that are specific to your position. Don’t try to take on everything at once. Focus on small portions of the software at first. Set priorities for what areas of the software you need to learn in relation to your daily tasks and the parts of the software you will utilize to accomplish those tasks.
Example of List of Learning Objectives:
- Using the Time Clock feature
- Creating a Contact Record
- Creating, Saving and Updating Projects and/or Orders
- Navigating the menu and key buttons
- Adding a photo or document to a project or order
- Creating HR Records
- Creating a Schedule
Utilize Help/Training Resources
Identify and take advantage of all the available learning resources you have available to you. Start with the provider’s website or a help module within the platform. Even a simple internet search will surprise you will the amount of online resources available to you.
Play with the Software
Ask your construction software provider if you can have access to a version of the software with fake information, where you can explore without the worry of breaking anything or losing valuable data. Create a fake account to test different features. Be creative and explore the system. 64% of the features in more software platforms are rarely to never used.
For any potential clients who are interested in Kosmas Pro, we invite them to download the free version of our software, Kosmas One, to play around and get to know the solution.
Learn as a Team
One of the best ways to learn something new is to learn and practice with other people. Collaborative learning helps fight off boredom, allows people to bounce ideas off each other and improves retention of the material.
Don’t Abandon Your Old System Before You’re Ready
Transitioning to a new system can be overwhelming, you are used to your way of doing things and now you are being asked to change it to something completely different. Don’t change it up all at once, keeping using your current system and slowly integrate the new way of doing things until you are completely comfortable, then scrap the old system.