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Reflecting on the Future of Work

Over the past several months, we have seen the coronavirus pandemic transform the way we collectively work and live. New processes and systems have been set up to provide the framework for remote work and strict guidelines have been implemented to provide the ability to work safely outside of the home. As we all adjust to these changes, it begs the question, what does this new environment mean for the future of work in our industry? 

We can all agree our industry is no stranger to challenges with the ongoing labor shortage, tighter timelines, and shorter project schedules, to name a few. As the pandemic continues, we will see the industry continue to adapt in new and creative ways with technology at the forefront.  

Technology will become integral to the way work is carried out in construction, with more software tools at our fingertips to enable telecommuting. I believe we will see a rise in HR technology to enable employees to receive important information and review policies, regardless of location.

Additionally, we may see a rise in customer-facing technology to enable architects and contractors to access design tools, installation guides and information, and even tools to estimate thermal performance or acoustical performance―from anywhere, at anytime.

Lastly, as artificial intelligence is on the rise, computing resources virtually unlimited through cloud computing, and an abundance of high-quality sensors, every industry is turning toward data-driven decision making. The construction industry is sure to be a part of this movement, particularly as it pertains to the installation process.

Earlier this year, YKK AP announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University that illustrates just how critical technology will be to the future of work in our industry. By automating the compliance verification process of window installations and more, the goal is to help to drive efficiency, reduce project delays, reduce costs and improve safety on the jobsite. Technology partnerships like this one will drive the industry forward, leveraging the industry’s talents while helping to fuel efficiency and innovation within the industry.


Steve Schohan

Steve Schohan

Steve Schohan is marketing and communications manager at YKK AP America, where he develops marketing strategies and leads research efforts on emerging markets and trends, with an emphasis on driving industry product evolution and innovation. Schohan has more than 25 years of experience in the construction, home improvement, retail, and consumer products industries.