Why is productivity poor in construction
Construction is notorious for poor productivity. What contributes to this problem and how can we improve construction productivity on our projects?
Imagine if we could improve our labor productivity by just 5%. Not difficult one would imagine. If labor makes up 40% of a project’s cost then effectively you could save 2% on your project costs. 2% additional profit! Doesn’t sound like much? But if your profit margin was 10% then a 5% improvement in productivity could mean we now make 12% profit. Well that means we have increased our profits by 20%, and directors and shareholders would be more than happy with this. But improved labor productivity could also result in better equipment productivity, shorter construction times and reduced overheads leading to even more profits.
We often blame workers for the low productivity, which is sometimes the case. However, management can also play a significant role in improved construction productivity.
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How can you improve construction productivity?
Here are some suggestions to improve construction productivity:
Improving construction productivity is in your hands
Don’t be too quick to blame your workers for poor productivity. First look at management and ensure they are managing the project effectively and providing workers with the correct tools and skills. Even slight improvements in productivity can yield dramatic results in production, leading to improved quality, safety and profits. Managers need to be continually looking for ways to improve productivity, always checking there are no bottlenecks or roadblocks impacting productivity.
In Another 10 ways to improve productivity we look at more ways you can improve productivity on your construction projects.
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12/5/2017 03:51:49 am
I agree with your point that skilled workers are more productive and make less mistakes. It's important that, if you are short on construction workers, you find workers who you are confident have the skills needed for the job you need done. Plus, skilled workers will have a better idea of how to be safe on the construction site which is good for them, the work, and the business.
1/7/2017 12:09:24 am
I can see why you would want to find a contractor that takes special care of their equipment. My wife and I have been planning on constructing a brand new house for our growing family. I would like to find a contractor that could take my family's lifestyle into account.
1/7/2017 02:05:52 pm
13/10/2017 07:47:16 am
I like that you mention to ensure equipment doesn't breakdown. My brother is looking to hire a crane service contractor to do some painting on his home. I'll be sure to talk to him about making sure he finds a service with reliable equipment.
20/10/2017 10:51:46 am
Hi Kyle, I hope your brother gets a safe reliable crane for his job.
18/10/2017 05:34:31 am
I would like to thank you for all the help in regards to educating me on how to be more effective and productive as a construction company. I appreciate how you took the time to mention that poor communication can only be a detriment to the project and that it simply leads to errors. My son is looking for a construction job to work on during the summer to make some money and so I will make sure that he has effective communication!
20/10/2017 10:49:07 am
Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. Good communication is essential in construction.
My dad bought a property and now constructing a building on it. He liked this article because it helped him improve the construction's productivity. He planned well as advised by this article. He's also looking up some real estate agents to manage the construction.
3/11/2017 02:31:15 pm
Hi Kayla, thanks for the feedback, it's always good to hear that an article was useful and provided practical information.
3/5/2018 12:29:59 pm
It's interesting to know that one of the tips for improving construction productivity is by ensuring that you're getting the right people to do the work for you, followed by ongoing training and followups to improve their performance. It's like working in an office environment where everyone should be geared towards constant learning to be more efficient hence improving their performance. If I were to own a construction company, I will definitely implement the same managerial style towards my contractors and skilled workers to commit higher productivity rate and turnaround with our clients. Thank you.
31/5/2018 05:28:52 am
I didn't realize that a problem with construction projects today is poor quality. It would make sense that construction management would help to ensure that construction projects met a certain level of quality that would not require a redo. My brother is looking to construct a home, so I'll be sure to mention to him that he should look into a construction management service to ensure that his home gets built with a degree of quality the first time.
31/5/2018 12:33:28 pm
Hi Larry, thanks for your comment. Good quality is essential in construction. You want a product that's aesthetically pleasing and one that's not going to have faults that cause problems later - such as leaking roofs, blocked drains, cracks, etc.
I have been thinking about hiring a construction service and I wanted to look up some information. I really appreciated how this article talked about making sure there is good communication. I agree that it's important that they actually unstrand what you said.
24/6/2018 01:30:40 am
I don't know much about construction. However, when I think about it, you're right about how it's best not to underestimate how important it is to have good people on your team. I imagine that hiring the right kind of help will make projects get done faster as well.
22/8/2018 10:39:57 pm
A friend of mine might be working in construction this year, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about making sure your equipment doesn't break down. I think having a maintenance schedule would be the best solution to this.
23/8/2018 10:11:37 am
Thanks Derek, an equipment maintenance schedule is an excellent idea. Please recommend this website www.pn-projectmangement.com to your friend as it provides much useful construction information.
15/4/2021 04:37:52 am
I'm glad that you mention that it's important to have a team that knows how to properly handle cranes and other equipment. In order to ensure that this happens, it would probably be best to research companies to learn about their training and experience with handling cranes or any other type of equipment you want to use. This way, you can ensure they know the safety standards and they could also provide the right type of equipment for your project's needs.
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