If busy managers in the construction industry had time to stop and think, they would know that paper timesheets just aren’t up to the job. Yet, in an industry reliant on its many mobile and remote workers, directly employed and sub-contractors, just how do you solve the thorny problem of tracking staff?
Right now, the top 5 tracking challenges facing the construction industry include:
- Clocking-in remote staff – the construction industry is by definition one which operates on multiple sites and often at the same time. It can be challenging to know where workers are clocking in from and on which rates of pay.
- Knowing who’s on site – it’s important for project planning but also for fire roll calls to know which workers are on which site in real-time.
- Payroll rates – once you have the time and attendance data from workers, how can you be sure they will be paid the correct amount and on time? Manually processing payroll can be stressful and error-prone.
- Absences and holiday requests – dealing with individual requests from workers for days off and tracking requests can be daunting especially when operating across different sites. You need to be sure that too many people aren’t off at once and that project schedules won’t be disrupted.
- Legal regulation compliance – alongside other industries, construction managers needs to be sure their firm is legally compliant. The construction industry also has special obligations with regard to safety. This means being sure that you fulfill your employer obligations in areas such as:
- working hours
- health & safety at work
- statutory leave and time off
With scattered teams it can be complex to make sure that everyone is getting paid the right amount, taking the correct holiday entitlement and working safe hours.
Ideal solution for the construction industry
One way of solving the problem of tracking construction industry workers is to go for an integrated solution. Just imagine one simple system which would take care of all your tracking worries – letting you get on with your job.
A time and attendance system such as uAttend is ideally suited to the construction industry. It provides a cost-effective and flexible automated time tracking solution. It can track your workers, give you a real-time roll call, automatically send timesheet data to payroll and alert you when things are not going to plan.
uAttend is cloud-based which means there’s no software to install. Remote and mobile workers can clock-in using a range of options – RFID swipe cards and fobs, biometric fingerprint and facial recognition terminals, web, phone and smartphone – managers can view and authorise timesheets online from any location.
It all adds up to making tracking employee time and attendance in the construction industry easier than ever.