With an influx of software solutions being adopted by the construction market, it’s surprising to see that the pace of change is yet to be applied to people and workforce data. Fundamental shifts in technology create changing expectations of your workforce – but equally important changing expectations from your workforce.
According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, these shifts create a massive opportunity to shape the way companies compete and handle their talent. With accurate people data, companies can compete and succeed by addressing three key futures: enterprise, workforce, and how work gets done.
Enterprise – Companies with access to advanced people data have the opportunity to drive innovation through developing their workforce.
Workforce – Construction companies have not only a big opportunity to develop their workforce with a number of different skills and talents, but to also curate a workforce with non-traditional talent. They can allow for new project experiences to optimize teamwork and productivity, while enabling continuous learning, and forecasting opportunities for growth down the line.
How work gets done – Companies will have the ability to enable workforce collaboration as they take on a new understanding of their people data. Creating employee driven experiences means reinventing workforce management and taking the plunge into a more fit-for-purpose approach to planning workforce allocations.
Bridgit Bench was designed with those futures in mind. Construction workforce management software provides operations teams the ability to meet both the expectations of and from their workforce. Having accurate people data helps to create a plan, but having that data in relation to every past, active, and future project allows you to align experiential learning while optimizing your teams for future bids. Understanding the expectations from your workforce and being able to identify opportunities for personal growth within the company keeps employees engaged and excited for the next project.
The challenges that are facing the ever-evolving world of the construction industry as it adopts more and more technology and software are almost overwhelming. With these challenges, however, comes the opportunity to drive changes to impact the direct future of the company and how the work gets done.
The Harvard Business Review isolates four key areas where companies can shift existing practices to better capitalize on those opportunities.
Mind-set – Companies must reevaluate how they plan their workforce and organize projects. The ability to fail fast but learn faster to innovate new solutions are critical for mastering a new mind-set of workforce management.
Focus – Continuous efforts to keep the workforce engaged and satisfied are paramount, but future success will demand moving beyond quantitative value and driving measurable value across the company that is both qualitative and quantitative.
Lens – While improvements to workforce management in construction have been relatively slow when compared to other industries, the future requires advancing beyond the current organizational structure and making the shift towards continuous improvement. Staying competitive requires a strong operational ecosystem that builds upon and enables teams’ abilities, while providing new opportunities for innovation and growth.
Enablers – Cloud-based platforms alone will not be enough. Achieving the benefits from new software and technology is only valuable if it is easy and intuitive and is brought together in a unified platform that avoids patching together a quilt of solutions.
Bridgit Bench is the leading construction workforce management solutions that empowers operations teams and company leaders to be more engaged with their workforce and help to curate opportunities for growth and experience that operations anticipate will be important to their future.
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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