Productivity is an important issue for any business. Any blocks in productivity drain resources and impede profit.

For electrical contractors, who spend so much time in the field, productivity issues are particularly damaging. In many cases, what’s causing thousands of dollars of loss each year is a lack of productive systems.

Contracting productivity can be improved in five way

1. Vehicle maintenance

It’s a simple proposition, but good vehicle maintenance can save you time and ultimately money. Emergency repairs result in extra costs, workers being left idle, and worst of all missed deadlines. Scheduling is the vital component here.

Using vehicle maintenance software to track the maintenance schedule can be an efficient way to minimise downtime for your fleet, and is useful even for contractors with only one work vehicle. Software not only helps you cut down on emergency repairs, but can help you analyse repair patterns to spot problem areas and predict costs.

2. GPS tracking

Installing GPS systems in work vehicles doesn’t only help workers get where they’re going. If GPS tracking is enabled, business owners can analyse the efficiency of their fleet’s movements, simply by analyzing routes taken and working out smart ways to coordinate jobs and creating processes that reduce unnecessary travel.

3. Payroll software

Manual methods of time keeping can bring extra costs to both the customer and the business itself. It’s all too easy for workers to lose timesheets or forget to note start or finish times. Allowances of even ten minutes at each job site can add up to huge costs.

Payroll software with portable time management systems help workers record accurate start and finish times. This ensures you always come in within budget, and help you present impressive time tracking to clients if you need to on bigger contracts.

4. Mobile scheduling

Time management is an essential skill for any contractor. If you’re unable to deliver projects on time, you’re likely to find your customer base just fading away. Individual schedules allow too much room for error. By installing scheduling software in all work phones, you can manage work schedules from a central point.

5. Investing in useful systems

Finally, software is a great solution to the above problems, but it’s a waste of money if it’s never used. Software should only be purchased if it can be eased into your existing way of working, and you take the time to train staff on how to use it. If this is done, you should see a swift return on your investment.