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.
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.
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.
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.
When executed properly, manpower meetings are one of the most effective ways a general contractor can keep their operations team aligned on project allocations, capacity planning, and overall workforce management. These meetings are where information is shared, feedback is offered, strategy is discussed, and most importantly – decisions are made.
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.
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