Actuals and Analytics: How to Verify and Refine Project Data with Workforce Management

You planned. You built. You conquered that punch list. What now? After the closeout of a project, there’s a plethora of data to sift through. Contractors have to discern what went well, what went wrong, who was held accountable, how well the budget was followed and so much more. Unfortunately, they are often ill-equipped to answer these questions due to siloed data and missing project information. With construction workforce management (WFM), teams can rest assured their historical data is recorded, easily accessible and holistically visible.

Matt Lacek, Project Lead at Trinity Electric says, “We’ve always wanted to do this. A digital platform has organized the way we do workforce management. It’s gotten everything into a more centralized platform.”

Accountability on Every Project, Every Time

Whether a project manager went above and beyond or a journeyman displayed flexibility in learning a new skill, there are a lot of employees to praise on a job. Cloud-based WFM keeps track of these qualified individuals and when they were on a project. This can also solve for accountability. On every project, the right people need to be held accountable for every brick and blueprint. Construction WFM allows for contractors to delegate responsibilities and verify afterwards if the plan was followed. In turn, this allows for better plans on future projects. 

Jennifer Swier-Uden, CEO at RDS Electric, “Workforce management becomes more apparent as you get larger in people and volume. You have a lot more moving pieces and it’s harder to manage with the old tools that used to work for a certain size that no longer work anymore. It’s just that simple — you have to figure out a way to streamline the process in order to grow, change and figure out a better way.”  

Holistically Analyzing Budget Data

A key type of data to assess after a project’s done is financial data. Contractors can determine a lot by finding out if they came in over, at, or under their labor budget. Digital WFM allows teams to house this data so it can be easily viewed and analyzed. As often the most expensive and volatile piece of the budget, labor is a critical piece of the puzzle, and construction WFM helps keep it all organized. 

Casey Corbin, Project Manager at Legacy Mechanical says, “Workforce management means to us a steady manpower curve. We’re trying to flatten out the peaks and valleys of ramping up on a project and trying to plan for the next project and be able to move those guys seamlessly onto the next one without having those peaks and valleys in our manpower curve, the boom and bust that is naturally part of the construction industry and any trade.” 

Cloud-Based Project Documentation

The success of a project is largely due to how well a project is documented. As a result, 33% of contractors are looking to increase their document management software with solutions like cloud-based WFM. An accurate look into a project’s life cycle allows for more confident bids on future projects and more realistic budgets. By verifying and refining your data, you ensure that the right person was put on the right projects at the right time. 

To learn more about how construction WFM can prepare your team for future projects with holistic historical data, get a demo today and watch this quick video.

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Senior Systems Engineer, Team Lead
Joe Rolleston is the Senior Systems Engineer, Team Lead at LaborChart. Joe leads the integration team and works every day to build a world class integration experience for LaborChart customers by leveraging our QuickConnect platform, diving deep into databases and unifying customers' previously siloed data.

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