Procore Technologies, a renowned global provider of construction management software, has unveiled its latest offering, Procore Workforce Management. This groundbreaking solution comprises two pivotal components: Field Productivity and Workforce Planning, previously recognized as LaborChart. Together, they constitute an all-encompassing construction workforce management solution, equipping contractors with the insights they need to precisely forecast and oversee human resources, ultimately enabling them to meet project schedules and budgets effectively.
Addressing the Labor Shortage Challenge
The construction industry faces a significant challenge—the shortage of skilled labor. Procore’s Workforce Management aims to tackle this issue head-on. Tooey Courtemanche, Founder, President, and CEO of Procore, emphasizes the critical role of labor management in the construction sector. He notes that the skilled labor shortage poses the most pressing challenge, hindering the industry from fully capitalizing on the tremendous demand for construction projects. Procore’s new solution seeks to empower organizations to manage their workforce efficiently, enabling them to take on more projects and foster business growth.
Field Productivity: Streamlining Operations
Field Productivity, one of the key components of Procore’s Workforce Management solution, offers real-time capacity tracking without the administrative complexities associated with manual data entry and spreadsheets. It enhances several functions, including:
- Manage: Simplifying the collection of time data, making it easier and faster for workers to report their hours.
- Organize: Providing real-time labor productivity insights that guide daily decisions, leading to positive impacts on project schedules, budgets, and profitability.
- Analyze: Offering access to historical productivity rates by cost code, aiding in more accurate and competitive job bidding.
Workforce Planning: A Unified Approach
Workforce Planning, the second component, acts as a central hub for contractors to manage their most valuable asset—people. Unlike traditional methods such as spreadsheets or whiteboards, Workforce Planning optimizes the following functions:
- Plan: Centralizing scheduling and communication with real-time visibility into workforce availability and skill sets.
- Track: Monitoring workforce performance by tracking employee time, out-of-scope work, and materials installed, thereby maximizing productivity and protecting labor budgets.
- Forecast: Utilizing historical data to comprehend the resource requirements for future projects.
- Connect: Integrating human resources and enterprise resource planning to provide a holistic view of the business.
Ben Schultz, former CEO of LaborChart and Procore’s new Head of Workforce Management, underscores the real-time insights provided by Workforce Planning. This product equips contractors with accurate data to empower their workforce. When combined with Field Productivity, it forms an end-to-end Workforce Management solution, addressing the needs of the entire construction industry.
Procore’s Workforce Management solution is now accessible to customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. For the latter two countries, the solution also includes an Equipment Management component.
Several customers have shared their experiences with Procore’s Workforce Management:
- Greg Crook, VP at Guarantee Electrical Company, believes that Workforce Planning is invaluable for addressing talent shortages and nurturing future leaders.
- Tim Thompson, Director for Prime Build, a general contractor in Australia, highlights the efficiency gains enabled by Workforce Planning, streamlining critical resource management.
- Chris Martinez, President of Central Electric, underscores the platform’s ability to provide real-time information and eliminate manual processes.
- Andrew Matheson, Partner and Director of Finance and Operations at CDC Construction in Canada, praises Workforce Planning for enhancing resource management and schedule optimization.
In summary, Procore’s Workforce Management solution arrives as a powerful tool to address the labor challenges in the construction industry. By streamlining workforce management, providing real-time insights, and enhancing resource allocation, this innovative solution promises to transform construction efficiency and empower businesses to meet the demands of an ever-evolving industry.