Sound resource management is a challenge regardless of team size and function. But, construction, as a highly resource-intensive industry suffers due to long-term projects that are especially laborious. Given how construction projects are heavily reliant on the skills of the resources who undertake them, recruiting managers face quite a few roadblocks in both aligning the team and keep them going as the going gets tough.
So here’s a closer look at those challenges and the role of an intuitive resource management software in both solving them as well as providing long-term sustenance.
#1 Gap in projected demand vs. capacity available
Attracting good talent is a challenge for most organizations.The construction industry, on its part, has additional challenges that range from woes of weather and hours that are longer than average to policies that tend to be stringent. Besides, finding employees with the right skill sets becomes all the more problematic given the hiring and firing cycles that construction firms are at times forced to adhere to.
Investing in an intuitive resource management software, therefore helps forecast demand well in time and match it with existing capacity such that decision making is proactive, optimizes employees’ time and retains people on board.
#2 Difficulty in creating consistent and responsive training programmes.
The sheer volume of employees required for each project, makes the task of finding the right candidates and providing them with relevant training, a near-impossible task unless it has been planned for in advance. The inability to plan beforehand often prompts employers to resort to last-minute, expensive hires and post project-fires. On the other hand, employers also run the risk of project-failure with sub-optimal training.
Having a system in place for effective tracking of certificates and qualifications that the staff holds is a great starting point. Thereby, managers can prioritize employees’ time by planning training programmes well before certificate expiry and also account for employees’ interests in assessing these training initiatives.
#3 Inability to track and maintain non-human resources
Construction machinery, heavy-duty vehicles and tools require accurate on-site deployment, timely maintenance as well as operators who are authorized to access them. When an automated system to achieve such coordination is amiss, machines get faulty or break-down causing both financial liabilities as well as time overruns. Worse, they can pose to be hazardous to people on-site, multiplying both costs and resources required to keep them running. An ERM, typically provides a unified platform to both track and deploy human as well as non-human resources, which ultimately results in timely delivery, machines that last project teams longer and an overall reduction of risks that are caused due to misused machinery.
#4 Unstructured and transient workforce
Construction projects also tends to have a floating workforce’ with workers tending to quit frequently, in search of more viable opportunities. In addition, the training they are given also gets lost and this leads to a vicious cycle of poor, onboarding process and need-based training, both of which are ineffective.
To prevent employees from drifting away, employers must make probation incentivized for them and improve working conditions regularly. Clear communication between onsite and offsite employees, channels through which they can voice out concerns and translators who can help immigrant employees communicate, can all be effective ways. To that end, the right software can both assess risk profiles of projects, help you make cost-effective matches as well as help notify employee requirements, ranging from language preference to competencies and expertise.
Construction industry, despite being heavily reliant on technology tends to use it more to enable teams on site rather than offsite. A slight shift towards onsite software adoption and the time spent populating and making the most of the chosen solution can help redefine both efficiency derived as well as quality delivered.