For the Love of Data: How Contractors Use Their Workforce Data to Fuel Success

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To really know your business, you must take a deep dive into the many facets that make your organization tick. From understanding your workforce to managing costs, this information is not easy to see on the surface (or on a whiteboard).

You might talk to employees in the field to get a grasp on how specific jobsites are moving or meet with your payroll group to understand upcoming costs, but to truly understand your organization, it's imperative you go even further.

Conversations with your staff that are doing the work is helpful, but having real-time data you and your team can easily access will take your business to the next level. LaborChart Digital workforce management not only ensures your team is working with up-to-date information, but also keeps your workforce in constant contact to bridge any gaps there might be. 

You might be thinking, “I have an Excel spreadsheet that does all of this. We're fine.” This might be true, but how often are you updating your spreadsheet or having to email it out? How many different versions of your spreadsheet are out there with different sets of data? And even better, how long does your spreadsheet stay up-to-date after sending it out?

That’s a lot of questions, but fortunately, there’s one simple solution to help you throw all of these questions out the window — LaborChart. As a cloud-based construction workforce management platform, LaborChart can help you take your Excel spreadsheet or your static office whiteboard and put it in a digital format to avoid information getting trapped and create visibility across your organization.

a whiteboard plus a spreadsheet equals LaborChart

Inaccurate data can lead to big problems

If your organization has data, that can help you with forecasting, workforce management, budgeting and more. If your organization has inaccurate or old data, it can be detrimental and can happen without you even knowing. 

Your spreadsheet was updated at 8 a.m., sent out by 10 a.m. (if you’re lucky) and by 2 p.m., so much has happened with your workforce that your spreadsheet is no longer accurate and you have to do the entire thing over again tomorrow morning knowing it barely sets your company up for success during the next 24 hours — let alone the next week or two. You and your workforce just spent the majority of the day working off of old data in a real-time environment. 

chronological time showing contractors struggling to labor schedule

With a digital workforce management system, your data is updated in real-time, the people that need to have access can see what’s next and your workforce knows where they’re going not only throughout the week, but throughout the entire month. Award-winning journalist Grant Cameron wrote about construction companies putting the data they already have to good use and creating a positive domino effect across your entire organization. 

falling dominos compared to two construction workers laughing

Understanding your people, projects and leveraging your assets

With a digital workforce management system, you can take advantage of a birds eye view of your projects, workforce and overall effectiveness. By having this visibility, you can bridge the communication gap between the office and the field and plan weeks to months in advance with an enormous amount of data that is simplified within the platform. Having the ability to plan for your projects is an obvious benefit, but being able to let your employees know what’s next is something special.When your workforce knows what job is coming up and they can see their schedule for the rest of the week and typically a month in advance, they’re happier, they’re more efficient and in return, your projects benefit tremendously from a well-informed workforce. 

In the real world: Helix Electric Case Study 

Helix Electric, an electrical contractor with 2,500 employees across the country, quickly saw these additional benefits from the LaborChart platform they weren’t originally expecting. Now, their leadership team is able to see their entire workforce, what their strengths are and set their people up for success on future projects. 

Read this case study to learn how Helix centralized their workforce data with LaborChart and used this information to see the bigger picture with improved transparency and accountability. 

Are you ready to build a culture of accountability? Reach out to us about how we can help provide a framework with our digital platform.

Director of Marketing
Allison Carroll is the Director of Marketing at LaborChart. With a background in digital strategy and B2B content marketing, Allison's passion is helping brands tell a memorable story. As the daughter of a former EVP of construction at a large general contracting firm, Allison understands just how hard contractors work and is driven to provide each one with inspiration and guidance on how to improve workforce management.

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