Capacity planning is one of the pillars of great construction resource management. Ensuring you have enough people for your projects at any given time can be the difference between profitable projects and finding projects suddenly at risk. It’s no easy task to juggle your entire workforce while being mindful of your project timeline, but if you’re ultimately looking to turn a profit on every project… it’s time to start juggling.
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.
We often hear from our clients that workforce planning and manpower decisions are difficult. And not just difficult, but time consuming – time that could be spent on other operational priorities and functions. Whether it’s the system they are using, the number of people involved in the decision making process, or the lack of actionable data at their fingertips – resource planning is a critical and frustrating reality for the construction industry.
Many general contractors in the construction industry simply don’t have the tools in place to understand what the makeup of their workforce actually is. If that sounds familiar, you’re in the right place. Organizations likely don’t have the tools to easily access their workforce data, metrics, or workforce analytics to be able to effectively assess and manage the experience, productivity, output, and skill sets of their workforce. According to FMI 95% of all the data captured in the construction industry goes unused. That’s leaving a lot of potential knowledge, and money, on the table.
If you are new to the world of human resources or even business in general, you might not know much about resource management (or project management), what it is, and why it’s important for every company to utilize. While the term might seem a little bit vague and undefined, resource management is actually pretty easy to understand.
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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.
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.
Let’s face it, blog posts about spreadsheets are about as engaging to read as spreadsheets are fun to use, but there’s clearly a movement happening right now with construction technology and software solutions looking to pull the industry out of static spreadsheet systems like Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1 2 3 for resource and workforce planning. The reason for that is very simple.