The construction industry is facing numerous challenges in the current modern society. Some of these challenges have consistently been there for centuries in the industry while others are new ones that emerge due to the ever-changing factors such as technology and nature of work. Many of these challenges are mainly due to direct construction activities while other challenges come about, as a result, indirect activities. However, in the recent past there has been a surprising increase in the number of challenges that are not related to construction operations. Therefore, construction managers must not only be conversant with challenges that are related to construction issues but also challenges that indirectly affect the construction industry for the success of projects and improvement of reputation (Delaney 27). Construction companies that tackle their challenges effectively and efficiently, tend to have more and frequent clients because a foundation of trust that is established.
Some of the challenges that may be faced in the construction industry may include: workforce consideration, the nature of the work, safety of the workers during the construction process, time constraints on the construction projects, environmental issues and regulations, governmental and legal policies, social and political pressures, just to name a few (Pellicer 36). Nevertheless, the one obstacle that has firmly stood out in the construction industry for many years is the challenge of the nature of work involved. The construction process involves an intricate array of independent activities where one activity influences the efficiency of the other. The very nature of construction work establishes a set of other challenges that are usually not encountered by other industries.
Furthermore, construction work involves different projects. Each construction job is unique in its way and has special requirements and needs that should be dealt with. This tends to be very difficult and quite expensive for construction companies because they always have to find new and specialized equipment for every construction project that they come across. The nature of construction work is also very unpredictable because it is very difficult to calculate the cost of future construction projects or even whether conditions will be favorable for the process to take place successfully.
In conclusion, the economic conditions have to improve for the construction industry to provide a better level of career opportunities. This is because the seasonal nature of construction tends to be more and more critical by the recession. Also, individuals in the construction industry that are affected by the seasonal nature should make use of training to improve their skills especially with new technologies that emerge. All in all, construction companies that observe the right culture strive in this industry since they have a broad client base, therefore, rarely face these challenges (Gould and Joyce 55).
Delaney, Joseph. Construction Program Management. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014. Print.
Gould, Frederick E, and Nancy Joyce. Construction Project Management. N.p., 2014. Print.
Pellicer, Eugenio. Construction Management. N.p., 2014. Print.