Construction Productivity Tracking: Simple Tips & Tricks

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In this article, we share simple tips and tricks for how to use tools improve your construction productivity tracking and save thousands while doing so.

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    In this article, we share simple tips and tricks for how to use tools improve your construction productivity tracking and save thousands while doing so.

    Construction productivity tracking shouldn’t feel like a waste of time. If you’re spending more time tracking your productivity than actually being productive, you need to reevaluate your processes. 

    Here, we’re going to look at a few important construction productivity tracking tips and tricks. You’ll learn how to better monitor your workforce, how to use mobile devices to your advantage, and how to automate your productivity processes.

    Tips for Construction Productivity Tracking

    We track construction productivity so we can improve it. The more accurate our tracking is, the more effective the improvements will be. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few ways we can improve our productivity—and reduce your costs.

    It’s not just about better, more accurate tracking. It’s about understanding which metrics are most important, making reasonable adjustments, and creating a sustainable system that won’t waste any more of your time. 

    Monitor Your Workforce Utilization

    You don’t need to reduce hours, you need to increase billable hours. Workforce utilization refers to the amount of time your employees spend on-site and active. If you have significant idle time, your workforce utilization goes down, and your labor becomes more expensive.

    Some construction companies aspire to utilization rates of 80%. Other companies try to keep their utilization as close to 100% as possible. Better workforce utilization requires:

    • Accurate tracking and time management
    • Increased transparency and improved scheduling
    • Streamlined meetings and less time left waiting

    What is your current workforce utilization?

    “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.”

    Shigeo Shingo, Toyota Production System

    Use Mobile Time Tracking Software

    Your construction time tracking software needs to be where your employees are. That means a mobile app. Mobile apps are accessible and convenient, especially for employees who frequently travel from site to site.

    Managing everything with paper timesheets is bound to lead to estimates and mistakes. Employees don’t track their time until they absolutely need to, and when they do, they do it inaccurately.

    Mobile time tracking solutions live on-site with your team. Not only do they automate hourly tracking for your employees, but they automatically calculate overtime and capture breaks. The easier your construction productivity tracking processes are, the more likely they are to be followed.

    “Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage.”

    Henry Ford

    Automate Data Collection

    Mobile applications open the door to automation. You’re only one person. You need to automate your operations as much as possible. Automation doesn’t just cut down on the amount of time spent on a project, it cuts down on errors.

    Time tracking apps can automatically track your hours, time spent on projects, and time spent on-site. Rather than having to manually track your administrative and on-site time, you can allocate your time to projects and specific tasks, often called cost codes, and pull a report at the end of each project.

    “Focus on being productive rather than being busy.”

    Tim Ferris

    Emphasize Accomplishments Rather Than Hours

    Let’s say you’ve achieved workforce utilization of 100%. All you need to care about now is the tasks that they complete within that time—that determines whether you’re able to realistically bid on jobs.

    An increased emphasis on accomplishments rather than hours encourages employees to move in a direction rather than just looking at the clock.

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