Streamlining your workflow can help you reduce the amount of time a project takes, improve how effective your crew is, and save you money. Your team may spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for instructions, for equipment and concrete forms to be delivered, or for answers to specific questions before they can get any work done.
By streamlining things, you can reduce this idle time and keep your crew working on tasks that need to be done. Here are a few tips to help streamline your workflows.
1. Use an App or Software to Merge Schedules, Tasks, and Plans
Having one place to go to find what’s on the day’s agenda, your overall schedule, and any upcoming plans can help save time and money. Having one tool for all of this means your team knows exactly where to go to find the information they’re looking for. All of this information is kept together, so there’s less of a risk that something will be overlooked.
This centralized tool can be used from the beginning of a project to the very end. You can upload the initial plans for the project, its schedule, the budget, and other information, then update it once those plans are set.
Then you can use the software to assign tasks, track how much time and resources are spent on those tasks, adjust the schedule when needed, and even change the entire project plan. Your employees can see when these updates occur, so everyone is on the same page.
Some apps even let crewmembers take photos and video from the job site and share them, so you can keep an eye on what’s going on without ever leaving the office.
The end result is that crewmembers don’t need as many apps, saving space on their devices and time lost from switching back and forth between them. You save money on licensing since there’s no need to pay for multiple tools. You may also save a great amount of money that would have been lost due to mistakes and miscommunications.
2. Streamline the Invoice and Payment Process
Another place where software can help streamline your workflow is with payments. There are a number of different pieces of software out there designed specifically for construction managers that help automate invoices, track time and resources spent, flag accounts that are late, and reduce the amount of time you have to focus on this paperwork. It will also help you establish consistent invoicing and late payment notification policies so your clients will always know exactly when they need to pay.
3. Utilize Punch List Apps For Maximum Productivity
Punch lists are designed to outline what work needs to be done, the scope, and specifications that must be met. By having your crewmembers keep track of their work using a punch list app, you’ll always know that everything has been completed according to the specs. This helps you avoid costly mistakes or oversights, and you know if your project is proceeding according to schedule or not.
Having a punch list app will also help you with reporting. You’ll be able to quickly generate reports showing when specific tasks were completed, what quality assurance measures were taken, and more. This will make wrapping up a project much easier since you can generate a number of different standard reports or create your own custom reports.
How Forming America Can Help You
Once you have streamlined your workflows using these three tips, we can help ensure you have the shoring and forming equipment you need when you need it. When you work with us, you won’t have to worry about delays or any other issues. Contact us today to discuss your project needs.