As the construction industry continues to move forward and embrace the digital transformation of their core processes, putting a focus on data analysis as a skill set will continue to become more important for all leadership and construction management positions. Construction is making the effort to shift from manual processes to cloud-based, automated software and technology. That shift will inevitably result in a wealth of project and workforce data being captured from every phase a project goes through.
Capacity planning is the process of predicting future needs. Here are the key steps of capacity planning to help you manage your workforce.
With an aging pool of skilled workers and a huge demand for labor, it’s important that contractors create a strategy to foster and develop their people using actionable data so they can close skills gaps.
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.
Here is what you need to know about why workforce planning is important, why you should book meetings planned around it, its goals, and its benefits.
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.
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.
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.
Construction manpower planning meetings are one of the most important processes your operations team will undertake on a regular basis. In this article, we’re going to discuss three strategies you can use to run more effective construction manpower planning meetings. Getting out of your spreadsheets, setting an agenda, and using data to plan ahead.
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.