Study finds project managers getting busier

Posted by Design & Construct on 20-Mar-2015 01:23:55

In Construction

Project management requires a unique set of skills and attributes to be successful. From the planning and designing phases to the implementation, project managers are responsible for many aspects of a piece of construction.

However, as projects get more complex and demanding, businesses must consider recruitment as a way to limit the stress on overworked individuals.

This was one of the findings of a recently released survey from document solution business Workfront. Polling close to 400 project managers, the results showed that 55 per cent of project managers are encountering an increased workload this year compared to last.

As well as this, 38 per cent of respondents have had to work overtime, outsource project essentials to others or even say "no" to additional projects.

"The survey shows that project managers are slammed like never before," said Shawn Dickerson, director of Enterprise Solutions Team Go-to-Market in a February 18 statement.

What are the reasons behind the numbers?

Project managers reported a couple of reasons as to why their workloads had increased. These included being asked to take on too many tasks, not enough background completed prior to commencement and a lack of resources.

As a result, the majority of the project managers surveyed said that they weren't doing the best possible job.

How could businesses solve problem like this?

One solution that is clear from this example is recruitment. Before a project of any size or shape, it is vital for businesses to analyse what human resources are needed to complete the job to a high standard. 

This may mean recruiting two project managers to a role or even a less experienced individual to assist a senior figure. Whatever the situation demands, Design & Construct's consultants can provide you with the right candidates and resources you need to fill the role.

We take pride in ensuring the quality of our service remains high so our consultants only ever take on five clients at a time. This means our commitment and attention is firmly with your needs.

Benefits of good recruitment

There were two particular statistics that stood out from the Workfront survey that businesses looking for project managers should consider. A total of 82 per cent of project managers had been in their current role for over five years. In fact, 53 per cent were at least 11 year veterans of their job.

If businesses can get the right project managers, they'll have committed and engaged workers for a long time to come. 

Contact Design & Construct today to find out how we can help!