We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how time clock apps could help save you time and money by streamlining your payroll process. However, if you utilize your time clock app properly, there is a hidden benefit that could help your business tremendously. Mobile time clock apps could potentially help communicate project delays to management.

Construction delays are known to plague the industry, and there has been extensive research as to why this is the case. One of the most critical things to remember is that the more data you have at your disposal, the more likely you are to be able to figure out what’s causing you to fall behind on projects.

Time Clock Apps Provide Information In Real Time

One of the most significant benefits of a time clock app is that they provide management in real time. Management can instruct employees that, when logging hours, they should give a breakdown of what project they’re working on. At the end of the day, management receives a report of the hours worked at a specific job site.

So, for instance, imagine you have an employee named Bill. You’ve instructed Bill that he should spend three hours in the morning working on drywall and then four hours in the afternoon working on windows. However, Bill runs into a hiccup while working on the drywall. At the end of the day, when viewing the reports, you notice that Bill spent five hours working on drywall and two hours on windows.

Upon viewing this report, you now know that you’re behind on windows. From there, you could decide if you should send an additional employee to the project site to help get it back on track.

Navigate Employees To Their Job Site 

After viewing the day’s report, you determine that you’d like to move an employee Joe onto the project that’s now behind. However, Joe has been working on one project for a couple of months, and you’re going to send him to a new job site at the last minute. Under old processes, there’s a strong chance that Joe will get lost while driving to the new site. This too then causes project delays, as he does not show up to work on time.

However, this is not the case when using an employee time clock app. The best time card apps provide employees with directions to a job site. Now, Joe can make it to his new destination on time and help get your project back on track.

Plan More Efficiently

The more your employees use their time card apps, the more data you’ll have. When you have more data, you can more accurately provide project estimates to your customers. You’ll have precise knowledge about how long a project will take to complete and how much it will cost. The odds of falling behind are minimal since you’ll be providing your clients with an accurate proposal from the get-go.