Over the years, much has been written about craft worker productivity. The Construction Industry Institute (CII) has done several extensive research projects on productivity. The issue was raised in a formal manner by the old Business Roundtable (BRT) back in the late sixties. They developed a series of publications that addressed the problem of rapidly rising construction costs facing owner companies. These articles were broadly covered by the now familiar banner of “More Construction for the Money”®.
Working in the construction industry for many years has given some great insights into craft worker productivity. I always ask myself the question, “What would I need to have in order to be more productive and have a better perspective about my work, if I were in this same situation?” Every situation is different, though there are many similarities. The truth is, there is not one single solution to every productivity issue that one might encounter in the field. But let’s start with one very straight-forward approach that has proven to yield consistently good results. [Read more…]