TL:DR We’ve launched Employment Dates to give you the ability to set hire and termination dates, as well as periods of unavailability for team members that can’t be allocated to projects for an extended period of time. If you want to see Employment Dates in action, check out our Manpower Minute video.
Johnny Carson once had a segment that he used to do on his show called “Carnac the Magnificent” where he would hold an envelope to his head and offer the answer to an unknown question sealed inside. Here is my best attempt at being the next Carnac.
“When someone is employed by your company but isn’t set to start working right away, or is unavailable to work for an extended period of time, and you need an accurate record of availability.“
(Opens envelope); What are Employment Dates?
The team at Bridgit has also nailed it with our latest feature release – Employment Dates – which will allow users to create periods of unavailability for team members, whatever the reason.
Why are Employment Dates important?
There are often times in the construction industry where a company will do hiring for future projects, whether it’s interns that won’t be starting for a few months or new hires that are being brought on board to start on specific projects in the future. Before Employment Dates, if you added profiles for new hires to Bridgit Bench prior to their start date, you wouldn’t have an accurate sense of your workforce size and it’s availability. Adversely, if you were to wait until new hires had started, you would lose the ability to plan their project allocations ahead of time.
Well, wait no more.
Employment Dates allow you to add hire and termination dates to every profile in your Bridgit Bench account, as well as create periods of unavailability to block out times when your team members are unavailable for work. Whether it’s a new employee starting in a couple months, maternity, paternity, military, or medical leave, you can now have an accurate understanding of exactly how big (and how available) your workforce is at any given time.
Some companies will also have an idea of when their team members may be retiring or leaving the company. In this case, you are able to set a termination date, and should that date change, you can easily edit it. In the case that someone isn’t necessarily leaving the company, but you aren’t sure of a return date, Employment Dates will allow you to create an open ended period of unavailability that allows you to continue allocating those team members while they are still working, but not have their availability impact your future planning and workforce forecasting.
To put it simply, without impacting your workforce availability:
Hire dates allow you to plan ahead for new team members
Termination dates allow you to plan ahead for leaving team members
Periods of unavailability cover every extended period of time that someone can’t be allocated to a project
Where do Employment Dates appear in Bridgit Bench?
Employment Dates will be found in your team members’ individual profiles. Here you can set a new hire date, termination date, period of unavailability, and include a reason as to why they are unavailable (don’t worry, these reasons can be kept private). Whatever the reason for a team member being unavailable, those periods of time will show on your People Gantt view as blacked out.
What if someone is already allocated to a project and is in need of extended leave? No sweat, Bridgit Bench will simply remove the person from the project for their period of unavailability and create an unfilled role so you can easily allocate their temporary replacement. You will also be notified if you are allocating an unavailable team member to a new project. From here, Bridgit Bench will automatically create a gap in the project allocation if the project extends longer than the period of unavailability. Bridgit Bench will also allocate them right up until that period starts should it extend beyond the length of the project allocation.
Here’s a quick run through of a couple use cases where Employment Dates will add value to your workforce planning.
For more Bridgit Bench related videos, check out our media page here.
Let’s try one more attempt at “Carnac the Magnificent”, this time for any new sprouts that may be reading.
“Arguably the funniest host of “The Tonight Show”, whose tenure ran for an astonishing 30 years before stepping down in 1992, paving the way for the likes of Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon”
(Opens envelope); “Who is Johnny Carson?”
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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