Before Coronavirus, studies showed that two of every three construction projects were behind schedule, and half were over budget. From the outside, construction time tracking doesn’t seem that complex. Ask workers to clock in and out and it should take care of itself, right? Not so fast. Anyone who’s spent time in the industry understands why it’s not that easy.
In reality, construction time tracking is one of the top 5 challenges companies face. Managers have trouble keeping up with workers’ whereabouts, and many companies still depend on paper time cards, manual data entry, and spreadsheets to keep track of time. These methods are not only inconvenient and inefficient, but also inaccurate, which amounts to time and money lost. In addition to those challenges, companies are now being asked to implement more and more safety measures to guard against potential risks, which means it’s never been more important to streamline where you can.
5 Benefits of Taking Construction Time Tracking Digital
While there are a myriad of benefits of automating your time tracking, these ones stand out, especially in today’s marketplace.
- Allow crews to clock-in on arrival
Automated construction time tracking reduces the time workers spend clocking in and out. By eliminating manual punch cards, employees spend less time entering their hours and more time working. Plus, it’s inherently compliant with social distancing, which means your team is proactively addressing Coronavirus concerns.
At eBillity, our Time Tracker allows workers to use a 4-digit pin to clock-in on any mobile device. Facial recognition confirms their arrival time and identity, and you can set up as many kiosks as needed. No buddy punches, no time wasted.
- Know where every worker is, all the time
Knowing exactly where every worker is at all times is difficult, especially as schedules flex and workers continuously migrate from one site to another. A GPS tracking system alleviates those concerns by automatically confirming every worker’s physical location and showing you their real-time status.
Plus, Time Tracker allows you to view detailed summaries of your workers’ days so you can determine where and how to improve efficiency. Studies also show that when workers know you’re tracking their whereabouts, they become more accountable. That can lead them to spend break time wisely and accurately, take the fastest route to another location, and ensure they get to work on time.
- Monitor and minimize overtime
Overtime is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as the cost of doing business. Automated construction time tracking helps guard against unnecessary overtime by ensuring workers only complete hours that are approved and within budget. Automated tracking also ensures that you’re in compliance with state and federal laws and mandatory breaks.
With TimeTracker, you can monitor every hour worked on every site by every employee to prevent unnecessary overtime. You can also set up alerts to notify you when any worker is wading into overtime territory so you can make key game-time decisions.
- Prevent time tracking errors or theft
We all make mistakes, but studies show workers often track their time incorrectly, whether it’s intentional or not. While one or two late arrivals may not seem like a big deal, time theft — when employees accept pay for time they haven’t worked — costs companies $400 billion annually. Obviously, that slows down the productivity of your business as a whole and can lead to incorrect projections, estimates and bids.
Using Time Tracker, you can set time rounding (up and down) to reduce data editing, create break notifications prompting workers to return to work, and combat common time-theft practices to ensure payroll is accurate.
- Gain global perspective
Construction time tracking is tedious for workers, but it’s also a huge time commitment for managers. When you’re in charge of multiple sites, safety concerns and migrating employees (among dozens of other things), it’s difficult to take time out of your day to review every employee’s time card.
With Time Tracker, the burden shifts from you and your employees to the app. Simply put: they track; you approve. You can view the ‘work week’ or ‘payroll period’, reject or edit submitted entries before you approve, and approve time for one or all employees in seconds. That allows you to easily manage workers’ time entries from one location before syncing with payroll and accounting software.
Construction time tracking does not have to be a challenge any longer. Time Tracker simplifies the tracking and payroll process so your company can save time and money. If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of taking your construction time tracking digital, we are offering a 14-day free trial. Sign up today.