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Human Capital & Payroll Management in Construction: Focusing On Your Most Important Resource

If your construction industry business is still tracking payroll and other employee details using software not purpose-built for the task, it’s time to seek a better human capital management solution. From everyday time and attendance management functions to complex construction payroll matters, contractors can drastically improve their approaches to human resources with a well-chosen software upgrade.

You should ensure this next-generation human capital management suite has a few specific features, so you can be certain it is a true upgrade. First, it should be purpose-built for the construction industry to reflect the way the sector differs from other types of business. Second, the technology should be connected with other essential systems such as physical asset management and project management. The software should also be flexible enough to grow with your organization, harnessing the power of cloud computing.

CMiC Human Capital Management & Payroll, part of CMiC’s Single Database Platform, meets these requirements and can transform your HR processes for the better.

How is Construction Payroll Different Than in Other Industries?

Payroll processing and human resources software created for industries other than construction may not reflect the complex requirements of the sector. Laws setting the prevailing wage for states’ and localities’ public works projects, union regulations around transparency and payment schedules and other construction reporting requirements are major features of the industry.

The job-based nature of hiring for construction, as well as the need for up-to-date skill certifications and safety compliance rules are also complicating factors. To compound these issues, human resources managers in construction must also cope with periodic shortages of skilled labor and unpredictable costs.

Greater efficiency can come from finding a transparent and compliant way to organize every essential human capital management function for a contractor, from talent acquisition through tracking these professionals as they work on multiple active job sites.

How Does Purpose-built Construction Payroll Software Help?

There are distinct, everyday advantages to using a human capital management solution that is part of an enterprise resource planning platform purpose-built for the construction industry. For example, integration with other modules, such as accounting and inventory tracking, ensures there is no need for time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry.

Furthermore, the use of mobile applications – including the Mobile Crew Time mobile timecard entry tool – is a way to bring the job site and the back office closer together. Workers can enter data directly into the system from the field and access accurate, real-time information wherever they are.

Examples of How Construction Firms Have Improved Their Processes with HCM Software?

“Now we know where resources are located, what projects they’re working on and whether they’re available; in addition, we know where an individual is at with their training and certifications through the HR system.” - BJ Van Orman, ERP Strategic Director at JE Dunn Construction

Watch our webinar to learn how CMiC’s Mobile Crew Time helps uncover hidden costs across projects, financials and payroll – and how you can use that information to close the productivity gap.

Selecting a suite of technology tools flexible enough to scale up with your organization – and designed with your specific needs in mind – is a way to stay efficient, no matter what the future brings.