3 Ways to Stay Lean with Mobile

Efficiency Required as the Industry Recovers

At a CFMA luncheon today, three local construction executives said they expect a shortage of qualified labor and supervisors as the industry improves. Contractors are also reluctant to hire additional staff in a more competitive market.

Using Mobile Data Capture to Stay Lean

Using technology to improve productivity and reduce costs is an effective strategy to stay lean as your business grows. By using mobile phones and tablet devices to collect timecard data in the field, your company can realize immediate benefits.

Benefits of automating time recording processes:

   1. Increased Efficiency

a) Reduced supervisor and employee time to record hours worked
b) Elimination of lost, damaged, or destroyed time cards or timesheets
c) Faster delivery of data to the back office
d) Less time needed for adjustments and corrections

   2. Improved Accuracy

a) Greatly reduced time stealing (over reporting and buddy punching*)
b) Less dependence on memory (weekly time card review, rounding, estimating)

   3. Better Oversight

a) Faster corrective action
b) Consistent enforcement of policies and rules

*Note: Robert Half Associates conducts an annual survey of theft of time and estimates that the average worker “steals” four hours and 18 minutes of time–or more than one half day’s pay– per week.

New Mobile Data Capture Technology

With “Time”, the new mobile data capture capability in Sage Construction Anywhere, employees and supervisors use an iPhone or Android “app” to quickly and easily submit employee time worked on a project and link it to activities performed (cost codes). Submitted time can then be reviewed and approved using the mobile app or online within Sage Construction Anywhere.

Speeding up and tightening the time recording process generates the accurate and complete payroll information needed to spot potential labor issues and profit erosion sooner. Efficiencies gained by automating time collection and approval processes include reduced paperwork, faster payroll, fewer adjustments and corrections, and improved oversight.