Labor/Labour Productivity –MCAA Publication (Part 13)

Changed Work, Productivity and Overtime

This is McLaughlin and McLaughlins Project Professional’s thirteenth posting regarding labor/labour productivity and disruption.  This contribution provides an overview of a construction industry publication that is extremely helpful and valuable for all stakeholders concerned with labor productivity and management.

The Subject Series regarding Labor/Labour Productivity and Disruption can be viewed here.

This publication is Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime, Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

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Labor Productivity and Disruption – Managerial Considerations

This is the seventh posting regarding labor productivity and disruption. The Subject Series can be viewed here.  In large and complex projects, a prime contractor may or may not direct hire the field labor.  Often, the field labor is hired by major subcontractors (contractors hired by prime contractor).  Examples are civil, structural steel, mechanical, piping, electrical and controls.

For the prime contractor [or similarly for Owner/Employer], subcontractor productivity is seemingly not important or relevant.  This is particularly true if the subcontractor in question is on a fixed price or fixed unit price contract.  However, events that are created by Owner/Employer or Contractor that impact the subcontractor’s productivity create potential liabilities.  Further, once the subcontractor discovers the loss, a claim is likely to emerge.

Consequently, positive action is needed.  There is a legitimate need for the Owner/Employer and Contractor to be informed.  Managerial overlay, visibility and attention are components in the overall project management challenge. [Read more…]