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.
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.
Construction KPIs can be a little bit confusing at first, so let’s start with the basics. What is a KPI? A KPI is an acronym for “key performance indicator.” These indicators function as signs that your company is functioning according to plan. It involves prioritized metrics that are “key” to your business and the way that it functions and operates.
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.
Following the release of the Full Contributor permission group, Bridgit Bench also now has the ability for users to create and name custom permission groups specific to their company needs, and assign different users to those permission groups.
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.
Workforce planning is an incredibly important part of construction planning. It’s not just a matter of assigning available people to projects that are in need. It involves creating a workforce strategy that ensures you have the best team for the project while also taking into consideration experience, teamwork, and project priorities. Let’s examine some of the different things you should consider before assigning an individual team member to a new project.
Many tools have been recently developed that not only allow you to plan and communicate your workforce allocations effectively, but to also optimize your workforce plan by leveraging experience, availability, project histories, future forecasting, and scenario running.
We’ve launched Employment Dates to give you the ability to set hire and termination dates, as well as periods of unavailability for team members that can’t be allocated to projects for an extended period of time.
The construction industry is no stranger to resource planning, but it tends to have multiple meanings depending on which general contractor you’re talking to. For some, types of resources might include machinery and equipment, while for others resource means strictly their workforce. In fact, we recently ran a survey with general contractors to gain some insight into what they were searching online when looking for tools to manage their workforce allocations.