Construction companies require different departments and people to operate simultaneously with optimum efficiency. One of the ways many companies do this is by keeping track of deliverables and business processes by manually updating static spreadsheets. Day in and day out, spreadsheets are used to track time and attendance, costs and expenses, resources and supplies.
As great as spreadsheets are, the truth is, manual data input is only effective when you’re managing smaller data sets. When your business starts expanding and you need to track more equipment, manage bigger projects, and deal with multiple employees, it becomes unwieldy and confusing as ensuring consistent input and accuracy becomes more difficult.
Many construction professionals are recognizing that spreadsheets are not the best way to optimize their businesses, scale, or provide a better experience for their employees, but why should you not rely on spreadsheets to move your business forward?
Spreadsheets are not user-friendly.
While most people know the basics of inputting data into a spreadsheet, maximizing its data analysis features is complicated. Advanced understanding of software such as Excel, Numbers, Airtable, ZoHo, or Google Sheets is rare and requires a very steep learning curve—looking at you investment bankers and accountants.
Audits have also shown that 94% of spreadsheets have errors. In fact, the average cell error rate—ratio of cells with errors against other cells with formulas—is 5.2%.
Utilizing spreadsheets means you’re not only dealing with grids but also working with file paths, macros, hidden cells, formulas, and so much more. It’s complex, to say the least. In contrast, paskr can simplify your accounting, tracking, monitoring, and scheduling tasks on a single platform, as well as present data in a simple, intuitive dashboard.
Spreadsheets leave important data vulnerable.
Spreadsheets do not protect data. If you’re manually updating and filing spreadsheets, it’s easy to accidentally delete a whole column, a cell, or possibly the entire file if you’re not careful. Misplaced spreadsheets could also leave important, confidential business data vulnerable to prying eyes.
paskr can ensure your data is protected and accessible only to people relevant to your operations, thus allowing you to easily designate which teams and people have access to which areas.
Spreadsheets are tedious and time-consuming.
The use of spreadsheets for an industry that relies heavily on monitoring, tracking, and data analysis is tedious and time-consuming. Not only is the manual input of data tiresome, but it also consumes a lot of time that could be better spent on other important core business tasks. In addition, building and updating the database requires a lot of manual labor. Changes do not happen in real-time, making it necessary to communicate and send out the latest copies yourself, on top of making sure the changes are actually seen.
paskr ensures that any changes regarding tracking, monitoring, and other critical databases all happen in real-time. This significantly minimizes the need to keep going back and forth between documents and team members just to confirm everyone is in the loop.
Spreadsheets do not provide a thorough dynamic project overview, which is critical for effective project management in a construction business. However, paskr has specialized features that allow teams to manage everything — from simple tasks to complex workflows — and deliver accurate insights and reports for better decision-making.