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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time is Gold

An Albanian proverb says, “Time is Gold” which roughly translated means “Time is Money.”   This has never been truer than it is in todays hurried world.  Your customers set schedules, and you are expected to meet them.  When you don’t, your customers are unhappy, and fines may even be imposed.   Monitoring projects to make sure you can meet the time schedule you committed to can be a huge undertaking, especially if you have multiple projects running at the same time.  Using a mobile resource management solution can help to make sure projects are completed on time ensuring that the “Gold” stays in your business. 

A mobile resource management solution begins by managing your largest asset, your employees.   Time and attendance systems let you know when an employee clocks in or out but a mobile resource management solution should do more.  Not only knowing when employees clock in/out but also knowing where, what task they worked on, and how much of the task was completed can give you the information you need to make sure your project is running on time.

A mobile resource management system should integrate with your accounting or job costing system.  Sending and receiving data in real time and comparing actual time spent against budgeted time gives you and your employees a clear picture of where a project stands.  This information can show your foreman how much of a project is completed and how much still needs to be done, allowing them to make critical decisions.  For example, if a job is only 40% done but you have used up 80% of your budgeted time, a foreman can add an employee to the job to make sure it is completed on schedule.  Inversely, if a job is 80% done and you have only used up  50% of your budgeted hours, the foreman can decide to reassign an employee to a different task, reducing your payroll associated to that project ensuring that more “gold” stays in your business. 

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