For many companies focused on deploying field resources to remote project sites, field labor can represent more than 70 percent of their operating costs.
This includes, but is not limited to subcontractors, trades and installation companies building cell towers, charging stations, solar panels, electrical installations, and concrete foundations, to name a few.
These companies often have limited visibility into where their labor hours are being spent. The standard tools of the trade - whiteboards, spreadsheets, and manual time entry (in many cases, days after the fact) – aren't sufficient to answer important questions about labor costs. How much time are employees spending at the project site? Are labor hours being allocated to correct project codes? Where are there opportunities to reduce non-productive field hours?
Kent Smith, the VP of Operations at Wireless Services, a wireless venue installation company in Gonzales, Louisiana has spent more years than he would care to admit working in the field. However, his deep experience brings insights into all the ways labor hours can "leak out of the bucket." These days, Kent's focus is overseeing the daily deployments of more than twenty dedicated field crews across six states. "These types of projects require tight coordination with remote teams, material suppliers, clients, and multiple third parties," Kent explained, "and more often than not, the accounting of field hours gets lost in the mix."