Workforce planning is a key element to any business, but yet many people don’t even know what it is! If you don’t know what strategic workforce planning is and, therefore, aren’t using it in your business – you are seriously missing out. In a world where profit and efficiency are critical to a construction company, you obviously want to do everything you can to maximize these and grow your business in the future.
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.
We reached out to construction operations professionals from North America’s leading general contractors to see what they had to say about construction workforce management trends.
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.
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.
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 construction workforce management, or WFM. The Project Management Institute has written a report that quantifies the impact that ineffective communication can have on projects, their outcomes, and the overall success of the business.
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.
Sean Erjavec, Chief Revenue Officer, at Bridgit had the opportunity to speak with the CEO of Operations from Winnipeg-based Gardon Construction, Jeff Olafson. We’ve summarized the conversation below.
Virtually every field is exploring technology use in hopes of bringing efficiency to their daily task performance – including the construction industry.