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Foreman Productivity on Construction Sites: Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement

Construction Foremen Productivity Enhanced through IIoT Solutions
November 22, 2018

Construction contractors and site managers heavily rely on their field foremen for coordination of operations and making sure that everyone is doing their job correctly. However, these foremen are always busy with ever increasing responsibilities on all sides. Their work ranges from keeping track of worker’s allocated activities and attendance to the management of materials, work completion, etc. They are also responsible for providing and monitoring safe working conditions as well as making sure everyone is using their personal protective equipment and are adhering to safety regulations.
With ever increasing responsibilities, new tools are needed to help the Foreman to manage his/her tasks.
Dominate Workforce and Productivity Management solutions provide your field foremen with their needed assistance to perform their tasks more precisely and timely. The system’s outstanding features help them organize what they should be doing and make it possible to make decisions based on accurate real-time data. The system allows the high-level management to have a full visibility of each foreman and his team’s performance. As result, you can deal with problems, delays or cost over-runs as they happen.

Foreman Productivity Monitoring and Management

In today’s competitive market, it is not enough to be as productive as your competitors are, you need to be many steps ahead, demonstrate more ability and realize greater productivity and profitability. A huge part of your success depends on your foremen’s performance.
With DominateWorkforce’s productivity module, you will have complete real-time visibility over the performance of your field foremen. The system provides you with the information related to the percentage of completion for each activity/task, work package and project. An integrated project and work package tree helps you in real-time to identify delayed activities or tasks that negatively affect the delivery of subsequent Work Packages and projects.
By adding up individual workers’ productivity, you will get reliable information indicating the productivity of the foreman under whose supervision they are working. This way, you will have the opportunity to evaluate your foreman’s performance.

Foreman Productivity Monitoring and Management

Certainly, it is not enough for you to be as productive as your competitors are, you need to be many steps ahead, demonstrate more ability and realize greater productivity and profitability. A huge part of your success in this regard depends on your foremen’s performance.

With DominateField Suites productivity module, you will have complete real-time visibility over the performance of your field foremen. The system provides you with the information related to the percentage of completion for each activity/task, work package and project. An integrated project and work package tree helps you in real-time identification of delayed activities or tasks that negatively affect the delivery of subsequent Work Packages and projects.

By adding up individual workers’ productivity, you will get reliable information indicating the productivity of the foreman under whose supervision they are working. This way, you will have the opportunity to evaluate your foreman’s performance.

DominateWorkforce Assists Site Foremen to Better Perform Their Responsibilities

Not only DominateWorkforce gives you an account of each foreman’s productivity, but also it helps you to help them be more productive and perform their job more efficiently. The system automates their tasks to improve their performance. Using the system, they can supervise workforce productivity, coordinate activities, evaluate the project’s progress, monitor and manage safety and keep an eye on time and completion of tasks. These capabilities make it easier for foremen to easily manage their available resources, and if there is a loss of productivity, they can find the cause quickly and have the problems fixed.

Supervision of Workforce Productivity

DominateWorkforce provides your field foremen with the information related to worker productivity. The system’s productivity module, automatically monitors the workers’ work-time and attendance in real-time, and provides your foremen with a golden opportunity to deal with causes of delays before financial losses come about. They will know which workforce or subcontractors are active, idle or have not reported to work. They will know who is working on their allocated work zone and whom is On mobile devices, they can see the current presence compared to the maximum allowed for each location. They can also get extensive reports for statistical analysis and evaluation of staff performance in all locations.
Work Zone Time report offers a detailed report of hours worked in a specific work zone. Your foremen will have a record of who arrived late, left early or spent less time at work than the minimum work shift allows. The real-time shift attendance dashboard shows the presence and absence of members during an ongoing shift. The system also incorporates an extensive set of configurable alerts and notifications to help supervisors address urgent issues on the spot. It helps you control restricted access to areas or equipment, monitor suspicious activities around sensitive zones, and alert operators accordingly.
Using Dominate Construction solutions, it is also possible for field foremen to make sure that machinery and equipment are in a proper state and ready for immediate use anytime they are needed. DominateAsset Suit’s Asset Service helps site supervisors to manage all aspects of an asset’s service, preventive maintenance (PM) and calibration. Also, the system’s Asset Reservation function allows the foremen to reserve highly demanded machines or equipment for their workers’ use at specific points of time in future.

Work-Time and Cost Tracking

The system’s fully automated attendance system helps field foremen to keep a close eye on workers time and attendance. Through real-time dashboards, it is very easy to track and monitor labor presence, movements and available resources, providing the supervisors with better and more timely visibility. The system also makes it possible to automatically record cost code data and calculate labor costs.
The system also allows for labor cost tracking. Salaries, overtime and all other related costs can be entered to the system for accurate tracking of labor costs related to each activity/task, work package (WBS) or project. This data can be used for cross-referencing with HR for calculating correct salary amounts. This will make it possible to follow policies such as activity-based payments that can positively affect the productivity of your construction professionals on the site.

Coordination of Activities on the Construction Site

Field foremen are responsible for checking on how well the project is progressing, update everyone with the current situation, and tell them what activities are presently of higher priority. They are also expected to divide the work among workers based on their skills; and coordinate with the responsible people to supply the materials and labor necessary to complete the project on time.
DominateWorkforce alleviates the coordination of activities. With the mobility provided by the system, supervisors can personally go to locations of work packages and activities/tasks, to capture work done and collaborate (in the form of images, videos or voice messages) with anyone within the chain of command and subcontractors. The system ensures everyone involved with the work is updated continuously with the project progress, which in turn will boost operational efficiency by reducing delays, disruptions and errors.

Evaluation of Project Progress According to Time and Cost Plan

It is foremen’s responsibility to confirm that the actual status of the project is in accordance with what was planned and see what setbacks are there to hinder the project’s progress. DominateWorkforce’s Productivity Module allows your field foremen to monitor building progress and costs. It assists them in keeping track of all that is done vs. planned. Using real-time and historical data provided by the system, field foremen can identify what factors are causing delays. This will help them take necessary actions to prevent project delays, cost overruns, low productivity and any deviations from the planned progress.
Also, using mobile devices, supervisors can assign and re-assign workers to each activity or task. This allows the system to monitor and report any deviation between planned labor hours vs. actual in real-time.

Safety Provisions and Supervision

Compared to workers from many other industries, construction workers generally face a much higher risk of accidents and injuries. That’s why safety practices are perceived as one of the highest priorities on construction sites; and field foremen are required to keep a close eye on jobsite safety.
With DominateWorkforce’s safety features, field foremen have the necessary means at their disposal to reliably supervise the safe and effective operation of workers:
Safety Gear Alerts: This feature provides full visibility and control over workers’ personal protective equipment (PPE). It automatically checks workers’ personal protective equipment, and if a helmet, a goggle or any other safety garment is missing, the system issues an alert.
Mustering and Emergency Evacuation Management Dashboard: At the time of emergency, the system’s Mustering and Emergency Evacuation dashboard displays people present and missing at each assembly area. This will provide supervisors with the critical knowledge needed for sending rescue personnel to save the missing people.
Fall Detection Beacons: Using man-down (fall) detection beacons, the system will alert your foremen to any detected falls. They will have real-time information to rescue injured workers on time.
These safety features will help your foremen maintain an active approach to safety and ensure a safe and injury-free working environment for everyone present on the construction site.
Dominate Solutions help your foremen to develop and maintain a strong crew with a vibrant culture of productivity at the site. All these outstanding features help them to establish a goal-oriented culture throughout all phases of the project, foster a safe and performance driven working environment, encourage collaboration and strengthen the sense of affiliation.

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