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.
When it comes to manpower meetings, the last thing any general contractor wants is to have drawn out, unorganized meetings that result in ill-informed construction workforce planning being pieced together. Especially when gathering your full operations team for a meeting is likely creating the most expensive meeting your organization can have.
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Workforce management is a complex aspect of human resources that works to ensure that a company has the necessary team members doing the right things at the right time. The main point of workforce management is to increase the productivity and efficiency of your employees and ensure that they aren’t wasting time on time-consuming tasks that can be automated or streamlined.
There has been endless business research done that suggests that most companies are well aware that an effective communication plan has an incredible impact on project outcomes and overall workforce management.
In an industry where labor costs can account for 65 percent to 85 percent of your actual job costs, there are few metrics more crucial to success in construction than workforce utilization.
With a reduced workforce, the construction industry is constantly faced with the challenge of doing more with less. Being able to recognize when it’s time to take on new projects, or when it’s time to expand your team is paramount for thriving in an increasingly competitive industry. With most companies opting to use spreadsheets and whiteboards to manage their workforce, it’s no wonder why so many operations teams struggle when it comes to identifying gaps where a new project can fit into their workforce plan.