In some circles, the words “Time and Material” can bring smiles to faces or screams of frustration to others. In fact, many times it is the others that have to clean up the mess generated by archaic T&M workflows. How does your company manage the process of T&M Tag generation and approval process (aka “Time and Material”) on your construction projects? Every day there are scopes of work that are damaged by other trade contractors, delays due to weather, or changes requested by a project owner.

The majority of contractors in the construction industry still rely on good old fashioned paper forms to document out of scope work. While these paper-based forms might be easy to use in the field for some workers, the overwhelming frustration they cause in the office should not be overlooked. Paper-based forms contain the information of what work was asked to be completed in out of scope scenarios. These forms end up being stored in what some industry professionals have referred to as the “Carbon Locker”. A literal file cabinet, stack, or folder where the information is static and difficult to draw insights upon. Want to digitize the information from those forms? You’re looking at a worker to enter that form data into a system wasting additional time. 

These information-rich forms cannot be utilized by a team because they have not been turned into useable digital data. While it is possible to convert a paper form into data, a more streamlined approach would be to convert the workflow process. By doing this, the workflow starts as a digital one and can feed into other systems.

An improved process for T&M workflows entails the following: 

  1. Convert: to a fully digital process. 
  2. Context: provide details of the work.
  3. Centralize: your data in the virtual gold mine to leverage when needed.
  4. Collaboration: between parties.

The better you know your current process the easier it is to digitize that process and streamline efforts. Knowledge of your company’s process will allow you to talk through how a digital system can improve your workflows and find the tool that will serve you best.

By implementing a few best practices in place and an easy-to-use application, trade contractors will transform their T&M process. Teams will enjoy a streamlined workflow by creating, editing, submitting items such as T&M Tickets through a digital system. 

Rhumbix has created a digital circle of trust for general contractors and trade contractors to exchange information. The T&M Module inside the Rhumbix system allows both sides to keep track of critical workflows throughout a project life cycle.

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