construction workforce management

3 Ways to get your team involved for collaborative workforce planning

In a lot of cases, construction workforce planning is still being managed by one or two members of the operations team using a series of spreadsheets or whiteboards. However, as the construction industry is continually shifting towards more collaborative technology, the need for web-based and mobile applications for workforce planning, like Bridgit Bench, has increased substantially.

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What is your workforce utilization rate telling you?

One of the biggest struggles in construction workforce planning is keeping teams working at capacity, or fully utilizing their time. If a team member isn’t being utilized, they’re essentially “on the bench” and waiting to get in the game. Having team members on the bench creates an overhead cost that will negatively impact your bottom line. If you’re looking to effectively manage your workforce capacity, it’s critical to calculate and understand your workforce utilization rate.

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4 ways to gain greater insight using construction workforce planning data

Without question, construction generates a lot of data. In the past, the bulk of that data would be project specific and stored on paper, whiteboards, and spreadsheets. Once the project was completed, that data would often be filed away, moved to a “completed projects” spreadsheet, or worst case scenario – deleted. In most of those instances the historical data would never be seen again.

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Using data to reduce your construction skill gaps

The culture around construction employment has made a dramatic shift in recent years. As baby boomers begin to retire and millennials now comprising 35% of the workforce, many general contractors are wondering how to make their organization more attractive to younger workers that don’t see construction as a fulfilling career choice.

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