Meetings have taken the working world in North America by storm. In fact, there are roughly 25 million meetings per day in the US alone. It’s estimated that more than $37 billion dollars are spent on unproductive meetings each year.
The construction industry stands alone in this category and averages significantly less meetings than most other industries. That means the meetings you do have need to hold significant value as there likely won’t be a follow-up. With manpower meetings only happening bi-weekly or once a month, it’s important that these hours are spent being as productive as possible.
The most common way meetings turn unproductive is multitasking – 92% of meeting attendees confess to multitasking during meetings, 41% of them admitting to doing it “all the time.” 49% of attendees admitted to doing other, unrelated tasks. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but multi-tasking is a myth. People have become very skilled at switching between tasks quickly, but no person is capable of doing multiple tasks at the same time. That means half of your teams aren’t paying attention because they are incapable of doing so while working on other things.
Being able to move through your meeting agendas quickly and seamlessly helps to keep everyone engaged and ensures costly meeting time isn’t being wasted. Construction manpower planning meetings have always been a struggle since, for the most part, attendees have to wait for information to be updated in spreadsheets or on whiteboards before moving on.
Bridgit Bench was built with construction manpower planning in mind – first we reduced the amount of time you spend in preparation of manpower meetings by streamlining data collection and management. Our goal is simple – to improve your manpower meetings by creating a powerful Project Gantt, fit to house your manpower meetings from beginning to end. Some of our users have been able to cut their meeting times in half with Bridgit Bench, and we’re only making it more powerful.
After the launch of Bridgit Bench, the Project Gantt quickly became where many of our users expressed they’d like to spend more time during manpower meetings. It’s a clear way to communicate and collaborate on project assignments while visualizing where each project is in its lifecycle.
The Bridgit team has created features to complement the Project Gantt and help streamline your construction manpower planning meetings. Less time spent navigating Bridgit Bench allows you to keep a high level of focus in your meetings.
There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get right to it.
Manage all project roles and assignments
You can manage individual project roles and allocations directly from the expanded project gantt, allowing you to add, edit, and delete all project roles. You are also able to manage the person assigned to the role while staying fixed on the Project Gantt for your entire manpower meeting, keeping it productive and cost-efficient.
When you click on a project bar in the Project Gantt, a project panel will appear on the right of your screen. This panel will house all of your project details and target project and project phase dates. You are also able to make edits to details and shift project dates.
Filters can be an incredibly effective way to segment your projects during manpower meetings. You can apply filters to any project field directly from the Project Gantt, or apply them in the Project List view to have them carry over to the gantt so you can isolate projects to get through meetings more efficiently.
For step-by-step guides to Bridgit Bench and it’s features, visit our support page here.
Looking for a specific project? The search bar atop your gantt view allows you to search all of your projects by name so you can find key projects quickly.
Sort your projects by name, start or end dates, or sort your Project List view by any project field to have it carry over to the Project Gantt.
Drag and drop dates
Need to extend a project or move an upcoming project up? Simply drag and drop the project bar within the Project Gantt to change project dates and all project roles, allocations, and phase dates along within it. It’s almost fun to delay a project with this feature.
Bridgit agrees – that’s why we built a powerful Project Gantt that can house your manpower meetings from start to finish. Meetings have been getting a bad rap lately, but properly executed, efficient manpower meetings will always yield positive results because they are the best time to collaborate as a team and create a workforce plan that will drive your company forward.
Check out our Manpower Meeting Webinar to see a video breakdown of all the new Project Gantt features, or check out a quick Manpower Minute below to see the project Gantt in action.
Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.
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