As a direct result of technology, the business world seems to be changing faster than ever before. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen in recent years is the workforce at large becoming increasingly remote, or at least “remote friendly”, in the construction industry and beyond.
In the past, project managers in construction had to travel from job site to job site to confirm who was working, how long they worked, whether or not employees were actually on location, and much more. The process was labor-intensive, costly and inefficient.
Today, things look a lot different. With the touch of a button from a smartphone or computer, project managers are able to determine who’s at a job site through photo ID verification, when and how long they worked through digital time stamps and where they’re working in real-time through GPS tracking. The list goes on and on, and it’s all thanks to modern-day breakthroughs in technology.
Yet, because dealing with lots of workers who are off-site and out of sight can be overwhelming to management, it’s easy to get bogged down with inefficient processes and unnecessary tools. Here’s how you can effectively manage your mobile workforce in the coming year.
With all the tools available on the market today, it can be tough to differentiate between the game-changing products and the disposable ones.
Invest in the right technology.
With all the tools available on the market today, it can be tough to differentiate between the game-changing products and the disposable ones. On that note, here are three of our recommendations.
Rugged Smartphones & Smartphone Cases – Unexpected things happen every day on the job site. In order to take care of these moments, you have to able to contact your workforce at all times. This means you must have reliable, rugged smartphones or smartphone cases that can withstand the various pounding and pummeling common on a construction site.
There are a number of rugged, weatherproof smartphones on the market, including the CAT S41, the Sonim XP8, the Kyocera Brigadier and more. There are also a variety of ruggedized smartphone cases available that can turn your everyday smartphone into a hardened road warrior, some of which include the Urban Armor Gear, the Otterbox Defender and the Ballistic. Take some time to test which smartphone works best for you and your team.
ExakTime – When it comes to remotely managing your mobile workforce from anywhere, ExakTime makes it easy. From our management software enabling you to keep a close eye on your crew from the comfort of your office to ExakTime Mobile allowing your workers to clock in and check in through our app to SiteHub giving you eyes on all your job sites in real time—running your business remotely is simple with our software solutions.
Develop the right systems.
To effectively manage your workforce from anywhere, you also need impeccable systems set in place for all important functions on the job site. Once you’ve established step-by-step processes for these tasks, be sure to put them in writing so they can be referenced by everyone down the totem pole.
To effectively manage your workforce from anywhere, you also need impeccable systems set in place for all important functions on the job site.
You’ll also need to have defined roles and expectations for your managers, workers, yourself and anyone else involved. This way, your team will have a very clear set of guidelines regarding problems that should be brought to your attention, and those that can be handled by the managers on-site. If you trust their judgement as much as you should, they’ll be able to handle the smaller issues on their own.
Not only will doing this save you time and headaches, but it’ll also empower your team members and give them the confidence they need to tackle even bigger problems when they arise.
With current technology being as advanced as it is, the construction industry has become increasingly well equipped to remotely managing mobile workforces without playing guessing games.
For project managers, this means the days of gas spent traveling from location to location to check in on your team are long gone—you just need the right tools and systems in place to take full advantage of the opportunity. By following the tips laid out in this article, you’ll be in a great position to manage your mobile workforce like a seasoned pro.