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COVID-19 Stopped Everything: How a Digital WFM Platform Helped Pick Up the Pieces

Construction workforce building on a project site.

It’s now been a little over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started and our world was shut down. Businesses shuttered, schools went virtual, people stayed home and communities stopped.

Everyone had to figure out a new way of doing things — a new normal. 

Some businesses were more ready than others. Office workers figured out how to conduct Zoom calls in their pajamas. Parents became unofficial teachers trying their best to help their children navigate unusual learning environments. People that worked at grocery stores, in healthcare, on farms and more, became essential workers. But what about the construction industry?

At first, many construction projects were put on hold. No one was sure how to move forward or if they even could. Construction companies across the country needed to figure how they could continue to schedule workers, report progress for ongoing jobs and get a live-look-in while still limiting in-person contact. They needed to be flexible and figure out a new way of doing things. 

A digital workforce management platform allows you to see what's possible in real-time from anywhere at anytime.

Construction workforce management scheduling during COVID-19

If we’ve learned anything from COVID-19, it’s that we need technology. Whiteboards, Excel spreadsheets and in-person meetings are easily outdated, difficult to share and aren’t easy to maintain. During these times, it’s critical to be able to manage your workforce from anywhere, provide the right data to the right people and operate as easily from your home office as you can from a jobsite trailer. The only way to do this is with a digital construction workforce management platform. 

LaborChart, the leading workforce management solution for the construction industry, does exactly this. The cloud-based platform takes your spreadsheets, whiteboards and all of your project and people data, creates an all-in-one experience and empowers you with real-time information. During a global pandemic where lockdowns are happening, but work still needs to get done on a construction site, this is critical.

Office employees that are working remote have the same information as field workers who have to continue working while following social distancing guidelines. Whether during unprecedented times or normal circumstances, LaborChart helps bridge the communication gap, letting everyone know where the workforce is needed, which jobs are running smoothly and more importantly, which ones aren’t. 

During COVID-19, a platform like LaborChart can help save your business. By sharing upcoming schedules and projects, it can also bring your people peace of mind. And we could all use a little bit of that right now. 

In the real world: Worker Scheduling and Project Management

DeMaria, a general contracting firm with over 100 employees in Novi, Michigan, has been in business for over half a century. They provide construction management, design-build, general contracting and pre-construction services across the nation. Their business had been looking at LaborChart to assist with their workforce management, but weren’t ready to commit. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and changed everything. DeMaria and their clients had to put 46 of their 53 active jobs on hold. 

Demaria Building Company case study about how COVID-19 stopped 46 out of 53 active jobs. LaborChart helped them recover and efficently manage their workforce.

Read this case study to learn how DeMaria used LaborChart to pick their projects back up and continue working through unprecedented times.

Ready to embrace the new normal? Reach out to us about how we can help provide a remote workforce management solution with our digital platform.

We’re a passionate bunch. We love technology, we love construction and we love the software we’re building to bring the two together.

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