Contractors across the world share a common issue — scheduling, forecasting and allocating their labor. As the largest unknown on any given construction project, skilled workers can make or break the success of an organization. Whether they realize it or not, most contractors are practicing a form of workforce management (WFM), whether digital or analog. Many companies rely on whiteboards, spreadsheets or even paper to try to organize their labor. This approach isn’t sustainable. Cloud-based WFM allows for a holistic view into the entirety of an organization’s workforce and projects which naturally creates several benefits for the organization as a whole.
The Three-Legged Stool of WFM
The People, Process, Technology (PPT) framework has been helping businesses align their most essential resources since the 1960s. This framework is helpful for contractors to identify who should be involved, what needs to be done and the technology needed to enable people and support the processes. The benefits of WFM span an organization, championing responsibility, accountability and feasibility for all parties across the board. When this framework is put into practice, WFM at your organization is dramatically elevated and aligned.
Five Benefits of WFM Standardization
There are multiple benefits of WFM and bridging this gap at your organization. Several key advantages of WFM standardization include:
1. Alignment: The consolidation of all up-to-date information allows every member of your organization to be on the same page.
2. Visibility: The insight your organization needs democratizes information access (at the right level) for the office and the field.
3. Accountability: Maintains a history and log of what changed, who changed it and who’s accountable every step of the way.
4. Risk Mitigation: Fosters peace of mind and “insurance” that information and project data is safe and secure in a cloud-based software. Standardization creates predictable outcomes and success.
5. Effectiveness: Faster, more effective processes and procedures lead to ultimate time savings and employee satisfaction.
With all of these benefits, it’s clear that putting WFM into practice at your organization will create harmony and effectiveness from the top down.
Aligning WFM for Success
With the right people assigned to the right projects, your organization can strategize the right plan for a cohesive workforce. Ready to learn more about WFM? Check out our available resources to help support your greatest asset — your people.