Human Capital and Payroll Management in Construction: Focusing on Your Most Important Resource

If your construction business is still handling payroll and tracking HR information using tools not purpose-built for the industry, it's time to seek a better human capital management solution. From everyday time management to complex payroll transactions, contractors can drastically enhance HCM with the right software upgrade.
April 9, 2021

If your construction business is still tracking payroll and other employee details using software not purpose-built for the industry, it's time to seek a better human capital management solution. From everyday time and attendance management functions to complex construction payroll transactions, 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 several essential features, so you can be certain it is a true upgrade. First, it should be purpose-built for the construction industry to reflect the unique ways in which contractors manage human capital and payroll. Second, the platform should be unified with other foundational capabilities, 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.

How is human capital management in construction different from 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, as well as other construction reporting requirements are critical requirements 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 jobsites.

How does human capital software—purpose-built for construction—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 construction. For example, native integration with other modules, such as accounting software and inventory tracking, ensures there is no need for time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry.

Furthermore, the use of mobile applications—including a mobile timecard entry tool and employee self-service—represent ways to bring the jobsite 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 happen to be.

What are the key attributes of human capital and payroll software for construction?

A complete human capital and payroll management solution spans a broad array of capabilities, delivering the advantages that come from streamlined processes, automated workflow, elimination of duplicative data entry, in addition to secure and easy access to essential information by authorized users, wherever they are. Look for the features and benefits listed below as you evaluate next-generation HCM and payroll software for your construction business.

  • Flexible human capital management processes for your company's evolving organizational structure
  • Easily implemented staff changes to accurately track and report the status of every internal and external resource contracted by your organization
  • Single unified interface to track the "applicant-to-hire" process for new employees
  • Streamlined hiring and onboarding to speed up the deployment process while ensuring orientation and training are completed
  • Automated regulatory reports, available out of the box
  • Compliance with government regulatory reporting requirements in all relevant jurisdictions, with less need for hands-on attention
  • Multiple time capture methods for the most accurate and convenient time and attendance management
  • Consistent set of HR data to ensure human error does not compromise the time-tracking process between jobsite timecard entry and back office payroll processing
  • Full "gross-to-net" payroll processing functionality
  • Electronic payroll filing for timely, accurate and consistent reporting
  • Employee self-service access, enabling all workers to access personal data without wasting time or effort
  • Elimination of paper processes from your HR department, making human capital management more efficient overall

Architected on a Single Database Platform™, CMiC delivers a complete set of unified capabilities for your full back office.

Testimonials and Resources

"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, JE Dunn Construction

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CMiC’s Employee Self Service (ESS) app brings the robust features of CMiC’s HCM solution to tablets and smartphones, making the capabilities more accessible and easier to use—from anywhere and on any iOS or Android device. Whether you are an existing CMiC customer or a contractor looking for an intuitive, mobile-first HCM solution for your construction teams, CMiC delivers—straight to the palm of your hand—employee and manager self-service tools for today’s increasingly digitized workforce.

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