Workforce management software is a staple of any construction company’s tech stack. Keep reading as we share 10 great programs along with some benefits of using WFM software.
What is workforce management software?
Workforce management software solutions help companies coordinate personnel and ensure labor productivity. These programs (sometimes referred to as WFM software) aren’t necessarily standalone solutions. Rather, as you’ll see on our list, individual workforce management apps often integrate with others to provide companies with the ideal suite of tools.
Benefits of using workforce management software solutions
Next, let’s discuss why efficient construction companies choose to invest in workforce management solutions.
REDUCES LABOR COSTS
As we discussed in this article, labor is typically a significant expense for construction companies, comprising between 20% and 40% of any given project’s budget. Workforce management tools help professionals keep those costs under control by making it easy to visualize current personnel allocations and determine whether they align with company objectives.
MORE EFFICIENT STAFFING MEETINGS
Case studies of Bridgit Bench users have revealed that good workforce management systems and software can reduce staffing meeting times by as much as 50%. Ray Cisco, Vice President of Operations at James McHugh Construction, reports our software helped them their meetings from an hour and a half to 20 minutes at most!
Workforce management tools offer employees assurance their contributions and productivity won’t go unnoticed. On a more acute level, these applications also avoid scheduling mistakes that can leave employees feeling like they’re spinning their wheels.
This is about more than just creating a positive work environment for the sake of it. At a time when construction labor is in short supply relative to demand, keeping good employees is essential for maintaining your company’s workforce capacity.
10 Best workforce management solutions
Next, let’s discuss 10 highly-rated WFM software solutions for construction professionals.
1. BRIDGIT BENCH
Bridgit Bench is a resource management solution built specifically for construction management professionals. It’s used by a number of top contractors, including:
- Balfour Beatty
- Andersen Construction
One of Bridgit Bench’s most powerful features is its ability to help construction professionals forecast workforce needs and make confident data-driven scheduling and hiring decisions. Other features include:
To learn more about Bridgit Bench, request a demo here.
Procore offers a full suite of construction management tools. It can also serve as a central hub, allowing you to connect multiple applications (including Bridgit Bench) and create the ultimate tech stack.
Procore’s standalone features include:
- tender management
- quality and safety assurance
- design coordination
- building information modeling (BIM)
- invoice management
You can request a demo of Procore here.
While Bridgit Bench and Procore are ideal for higher-level tasks like workforce scheduling, Timecamp is all about time tracking. It’s among the top-rated tools of its kind for subcontractors in industries such as:
The wild part? Timecamp’s free tier offers a jaw-dropping level of functionality, including:
- unlimited users
- unlimited projects
- PDF report exporting
- desktop and mobile applications
Learn more about Timecamp here.
4. AUTODESK BIM 360
BIM 360 is part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, a suite of applications designed for not only general contractors and subcontractors but also project owners. BIM 360 is akin to Procore in that it offers a suite of powerful features aimed at systematizing processes such as:
- RFI management
- document management
- safety management
- quality assurance
Autodesk is a major driver of innovation in the construction management space, even beyond its own products. For example, the company led a strategic $7 million investment in Bridgit Bench last summer.
Learn more about BIM 360 and its functionality here.
ExacTime is another construction time tracking application. What sets it apart from competitors is its ability to curb fraudulent time theft practices such as buddy punching.
ExakTime exists as a mobile application and rugged physical device that can be placed on job sites. ExakTime also comes with a feature called AccountLinx, which syncs with payroll software (i.e. Plexus, Sage, and others), making it a great all-in-one solution for time tracking.
Learn more about ExakTime here.
6. PAYCHEX FLEX
While workforce scheduling and time tracking are crucial, so are payroll and human resource administrative tasks (i.e. health and benefits). Paychex Flex is an award-winning application designed to help in those areas.
In addition to offering payroll and HR administration software, Paychex also offers consulting services (i.e. a dedicated HR provider for clients).
Learn more about Paychex Flex here.
7. WHEN I WORK
If you’re looking for a lightweight employee time tracking and communication tool, When I Work is well worth considering. While you’ll likely want something more robust for scheduling field workers and resources, When I Work is very popular among companies managing office employees.
Learn more about When I Work here.
8. ENTERPRISE ETIME
Enterprise eTIME is a workforce data collection and analysis tool developed by ADP. It includes finger-scan time clocks and card-swipe mobile devices that curb all-too-common time theft issues in construction.
Enterprise eTIME is a no-brainer if you already use ADP’s human resource management services; the data collected will easily sync, as you’d expect.
Learn more about Enterprise eTIME’s features here.
Zenefits is a human capital management platform designed to help you streamline employee compensation, benefits, taxation, and more. As of late, the platform has even introduced features that help companies coordinate COVID-19 responses.
Learn more about Zenefits’ pricing and features here.
Last but certainly not least, we have Quinyx, an AI-powered workforce management system used by countless Fortune 500 companies, including McDonald’s and Hilton.
While Quinyx’s broad scope arguably limits its usefulness for scheduling construction field workers (as with When I Work), it’s quite useful for scheduling office personnel. Its AI component claims to help workforce managers optimize allocations in a highly systematized way.
We hope this article has made you aware of the many workforce management systems and software programs available. For more tips on choosing the right construction management processes and programs for your needs, visit our blog here.