The culture around construction employment has made a dramatic shift in recent years. As baby boomers begin to retire and millennials now comprising 35% of the workforce, many general contractors are wondering how to make their organization more attractive to younger workers that don’t see construction as a fulfilling career choice.
Construction manpower planning meetings are one of the most important processes your operations team will undertake on a regular basis. In this article, we’re going to discuss three strategies you can use to run more effective construction manpower planning meetings. Getting out of your spreadsheets, setting an agenda, and using data to plan ahead.
When executed properly, manpower meetings are one of the most effective ways a general contractor can keep their operations team aligned on project allocations, capacity planning, and overall workforce management. These meetings are where information is shared, feedback is offered, strategy is discussed, and most importantly – decisions are made.
Due to COVID-19, there’s been a big shift in how construction meetings are managed and executed – including in the office, on site, and while remote. With that said, you want to ensure your meetings provide value, are conducive to team collaboration, are optimized as much as possible, and provide clear next steps. Here are the steps to follow and tools to use when running a remote construction manpower planning meeting.
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the way that construction manpower planning meetings are done. This article will explore some different options for video conferencing to ensure you still maintain high level communication and visibility during your remote construction manpower planning meetings.
Effective construction workforce planning combines two crucial elements for any general contractor: ensuring your people have projects, and your projects have the required people. In this article, we’ll explore the different customizations Bridgit Bench clients have used to better track their team members in order to create more effective construction workforce planning.
Manpower meetings can seem daunting. Given the fluidity of the construction industry, there are often delays to projects, people moving from one job to another, or a role that may require a particular skill set that could be hard to fill – all moving parts that can be difficult to track and stay on top of. This commonly results in manpower meetings involving numerous spreadsheets, whiteboards, multiple programs and handwritten notes which can make the workforce planning process confusing, inefficient and prone to errors.
In addition to the standard features of Bench, our customers have the option to track as much information on their projects as they would like, with up to 80 custom fields available. Custom fields are easy to create and edit. During onboarding, we work with you to determine what custom fields you’d like to use and create them for you. However, it’s very easy for you to edit existing fields or add new ones, with many different types of fields to choose from. You can make custom fields mandatory or optional, private or public.
Following the release of the Full Contributor permission group, Bridgit Bench also now has the ability for users to create and name custom permission groups specific to their company needs, and assign different users to those permission groups.
Workforce planning is an incredibly important part of construction planning. It’s not just a matter of assigning available people to projects that are in need. It involves creating a workforce strategy that ensures you have the best team for the project while also taking into consideration experience, teamwork, and project priorities. Let’s examine some of the different things you should consider before assigning an individual team member to a new project.