As the economy slows, being seen as an overhead expense can put your job at risk. Explain to management why the CAD manager is billable.
June 22, 2022
Issue # 493
Overhead Bad — Billable Good
As the economy slows, being seen as an “overhead” expense can put your job at risk. Find out how to explain to upper management why the CAD manager is an active “billable” role and that you’re integral to getting work out the door quickly and profitably.
Over the years that I’ve written The CAD Manager’s Newsletter, one thing has remained constant — the argument from some senior management teams that CAD management is “overhead” that can be eliminated. And, now, as the global economy has started to slow, and businesses becoming more cost sensitive, it is no surprise that I’m seeing more about CAD management labeled as “overhead” in my Facebook CAD Manager’s Unite group lately.
In this issue of The CAD Manager’s Newsletter, I’ll tackle the issue of considering CAD management “overhead” from a career point of view and advocate that you should be considered a “billable” CAD manager, not as an “overhead” CAD manager. Here goes.
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Overhead = Non-Billable
One thing that’s the same as ever is that CAD managers working as overhead are non-billable and are thus perceived as being expendable and are more prone to layoff. CAD managers who are billable are perceived as being valuable to the company and its success and tend to NOT get laid off. So, what kind of CAD manager would you rather be in an economy that is slowing?
Without hesitation, the answer is “the billable CAD manager.”
How to be Billable
Being billable as a CAD manager is a matter of adapting the tasks you perform to be job-specific and therefore of high value to project teams. Or, more specifically, to become an integral part of getting jobs out the door quickly and profitably.
Here are a few examples:
CAD standards. Rather than striving to create an all-encompassing “unicorn” set of standards that will work on all projects — which is almost impossible to do — strive to optimize standards for ongoing jobs so that you can cut labor time.
Training. Rather than training new software features or theoretical concepts, train users on specific job workflows that will speed job completion.
Customization. If you create customized programs, macros, blocks, families, or other content, be sure that they save time on existing projects right away.
Now that you’ve tethered all your CAD management tasks to faster, more profitable job completion, doesn’t it seem reasonable that the time you spent doing so would be billable to projects? I can tell you that I’ve been successful — and highly billable — doing this throughout my career. Let’s explore how.
Find out how to get authorized to bill to projects and why the project management team wants you on their team. Show them how you add value and motivate users, making your CAD management role one of the most important on the team. Read more >>
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