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Productivity Peaks Performance-Tips & Tricks For The Construction Industry

Social News 17,March, 2021


For decades, experts have presented solutions for ensuring productivity among the workplace. Some of the leading institutions in Engineering such as CIOB (Charted Institute of Building) and MCIOB as well as, other scholarly institutions in the industry such as McKinsey & Company have repeatedly outlined employee productivity as a vital part of any project and management.


Higher productivity means shorter schedules and higher value. Higher value in turn, leads to a satisfied customer with the same or even fewer resources. Although there are many ways to continually work towards achieving this and improving productivity, quantifying it can be quite tricky. The most common way to calculate labor productivity as most would know is total output/total input.

The rise in Middle Eastern construction projects demands for higher accountability and the need for an increased productivity.  Therefore, each project requires a variant approach, sufficient knowledge and awareness.


Considering recent statistics, the number of projects within the GCC and U.A.E in particular was set to skyrocket through the EXPO Year. Although the market has substantially slowed down, it cannot be stagnant. The MENA region has taken great measures to tend to projects impacted. Leading engineering and construction firms in the region have widely agreed that the wisest short-term solution seems to be simple –tending to current projects, adhering to present contracts while, ensuring labor productivity is at its peak and always evolving.


 5 Ways to Boost Productivity At work:


1-Set the tone: A great way to ensure productivity through is to set the tone. This is why, launching an effective construction kick-off meeting is vital. Encouraging the right kind of attitude between team members, and an understanding of the scope of work could save setback in later stages of the project. Sticking to the agenda, and going over involved responsibilities will also help with effective execution.


2-Identify the Root Cause: Every problem has a root cause. We can either nip it at the bud, or change the mode of execution. The three main root causes of low productivity as outlined by McKinsey & Company are: External forces, Industry Dynamics and Firm-Level Operational Factors. Increasing site and project complexities, corruption, and modern bespoke requirements could impede efficiency workers. Poor execution by project management team also plays a role in the total output of labor productivity. By identifying these causes early on, the designated team can remedy the situation and help prevent further setbacks.


3-Technology is your best friend: Implementing technological advancements within a project could have a positive impact. Not only does it provide real-time metrics to measure labor input, it also offers more transparency within project management and HR tasks. Investing in construction technology and newer innovations could be the best solution yet. ECM tools are one of the best known tools for integrating data on BIM and drawing management, it not only can be integrated within your entire organization but can also be used to see immediate effects and changes.


4-Initiate a Labor Productivity Formula: Although it is a great way to measure labor productivity through the basic rule Output vs Input as a rule of thumb. Personalizing analysis through the nature of the work assigned could help attain more accurate results. One efficient way to develop a labor utilization formula is the 3 factor model pertaining to three key variables: effective working time, contributory working time and ineffective working time. Since construction work cannot always be standardized it is important to predict worker ability and efficiency using above factors, and keeping in mind the nature of the project at hand.


5-On-Site Execution: Another essential element is the execution, often poor execution by project management and unskilled members of the team can set the outcome of the task back. In order to prevent this, it is necessary to ensure transparency and seamless delegation of tasks within workers. Incorporating questionnaires, surveys and feedback could positively impact a change in ineffective managements.