NMaster craftsmen or journeymen also come when it comes to installing the new heating system, tiling the floor or wallpapering the walls. “Our manual work cannot be done in the home office and also not digitally. We still have to invent painting and wallpapering online,” said the President of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main Chamber of Crafts, Susanne Haus, at an event of the Monday Society on the premises of IHKwhich dealt with the possibilities of digitization.
However, Haus and the twelve employees of their painting company also use various digital working methods on a daily basis. They communicate via a chat group, can measure rooms with the help of appropriate programs and at the same time determine the need for material and have now outsourced the administrative work areas to a data cloud so that mobile work is possible there at least, reports the entrepreneur. But robots that redesign walls instead of their colleagues don’t exist yet.
Digital helpers as a relief
“Yes, there are,” corrected Eric Boska, who works as a consultant for digitization processes in the real estate industry. Such machines are already being used for painting work on the outside of new buildings. However, Mario Simon does not believe that this could also apply to his profession. “Otherwise I would have long ago,” said the civil engineer and master tiler, who has more than 100 employees construction sites works and was also congratulated on the podium as the newly crowned winner of the Frankfurt Founder’s Prize.
With his start-up Werkules, Simon offers craft businesses software that is intended to make it easier for them to keep an eye on what is happening on construction sites. He would also like to have robots because, like so many others, his company suffers from a lack of young people. “Working hard is out.” This is how the entrepreneur summarized his view that many young people have a significantly different attitude towards work than older people.
They would have liked to work overtime and work privately on construction sites at the weekend. There they would have learned to plan and implement projects independently. “Today you’re no longer proud of having achieved something, but think: I’ve earned my boss the Porsche and I’m thinking about when I can get sick again,” says Simon. However, he does not see a solution in robots, at least in the medium term, but rather in recruiting workers from abroad.
IHK President Ulrich Caspar also supported this demand. However, this not only requires facilitation of the recognition of qualifications, but above all living space for the new arrivals. This, in turn, can only be created by designating additional building land.
And politicians are also called upon to advance digitization: “Otherwise systems are already outdated before they are even approved.” Boska supported this. However, he praised: “It is great progress that many are now thinking about digitization.” President Haus also wants to promote this development, but also calls for grants for digitization measures in companies.