In our last article Is overtime crushing your construction project? we discussed the cost of working overtime in construction.
Often construction managers get into the habit of working extended hours, which adds to the cost of construction, and causes other problems, including accidents and family issues. As we stated though, some workers also get into the habit of relying on extra pay earned from working overtime.
Overall working overtime should be discouraged as the costs often far outweigh any benefits to the project. Careful planning and employing a few extra resources can often eliminate the need to work overtime on your construction project.
However, we all know that sometimes working extra and extended shifts on construction projects is unavoidable. Even the most well planned construction project can get into trouble and need additional time. Some tasks may have to be done afterhours when the project or the area is less congested.
In fact, a few extra hours working a critical trade could make a big difference to the project's overall schedule
The golden rules for working overtime
When it is necessary for work to happen after hours on your construction project you can ensure that workers are productive, costs are kept to the minimum, that work is done safely, and that the required tasks are completed by following a few simple rules.
Projects should not get in the habit of working overtime.
Controlled and limited overtime work can sometimes be beneficial.
Always consider whether employing extra resources would be a more cost effective solution to working extended hours.
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