The labor shortage that’s impacting the construction industry does not have to be the end of the line for your business. Thanks to steady strides in technology, construction software is constantly being developed to improve what construction companies do best, while providing solutions for the challenges.
Keep reading to learn four ways to digitally manage your projects, workforce, money, and more with construction software that will help you combat the labor shortage.
1. Promote Tech-Savvy Communication
Communication is an important factor in recruiting the next generation of skilled labor. Time wasted on unanswered phone calls and frustrating email chains can be remedied with workforce management (WFM) software. The future workforce is accustomed to having a mobile device in hand and being instantly updated about all the important aspects of their day. Why should their work life be any different?
Digital communication can be a major recruiting point for employers, letting prospective workers know they’re staying a step ahead. This can also help retain current employees by allowing them to easily contact their supervisor and have insight into their assignments. By streamlining communication, providing real-time updates and taking advantage of a holistic view of your team, you can use construction software the right way and unlock new opportunities.
When it comes to future-proofing their workforce, construction companies face a two-pronged challenge: a lack of younger employees to replace a retiring workforce, and a lack of skilled workers to support construction technology.– Jennifer Brusco wrote in a recent Propeller blog post. Jennifer is the content strategist for Propeller Aero.
2. Increase Accuracy and Eliminate Workforce Misallocation
Say goodbye to handwritten human errors. Construction accounting software can improve accuracy and ensure every dollar is allocated appropriately. This, in turn, clarifies the budget for potential new hires. Construction software takes the “he said, she said” guessing game off the table by providing a thorough record of a project’s history from pre-construction to close out.
Keeping your skilled laborers working is the name of the game and you can increase retention by simply keeping your workforce busy, happy and aligned.
3. Improve Safety with a Data Hub
Keeping workers safe on the job is a priority, but it can be difficult to track who’s up to date with training and certifications. Nearly 35% of first-year workers are injured on the job due to lack of training – an avoidable statistic. A focus on safety is what new workers want and software is here to help. Cloud-based construction software can identify laborers’ skillsets and qualifications so your leadership team can leverage this helpful information, retain current workers and provide training as needed. To continue taking care of your people, you can adopt construction safety software to house employee feedback that can be analyzed to understand where the greatest risk areas are.
4. Optimize Labor Productivity
Allow your office teams to gain real-time insight into productivity in the field to optimize the labor resources you have today. Leverage productivity tracking software to monitor labor costs in real time, identify at-risk scopes of work, and act fast to make decisions that positively impact your project’s budget and profitability. Improve the accuracy of project forecasts and future estimates with centralized, actionable labor cost and production data.