Workers productivity in construction sites: A critical review

Ghazi AlAbbadi, George Agyekum-Mensah

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Productivity is well-known to be of a great importance to companies and researchers’ alike, possessing high levels of productivity is the key to long term prosperity. However, it is well established as an ongoing challenge facing the construction industry. Although many studies have examined factors affecting productivity, there is still no consensus among researchers on a clear solution to improve productivity, with the research implying that the productivity levels of the industry have not improved compared to other industries. Indeed, this has been seen in studies of the last few decades and suggested motivation as a key factor linked to labor productivity. Thus, this study provides a comprehensive review of the existing literature on the motivational factors affecting productivity globally. The factors presented in this study are discussed in terms of the current motivation models, worker management plans, work environment, and empowerment and incentives. This study concludes with recommendations to improve productivity of construction workers in terms of extrinsic and intrinsic rewards, communication between the management and workers, and the systematic flow of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Paris, France, July 26-27, 2018
PublisherIEOM Society
ISBN (Print)9781532359453
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Conference - Paris, France
Duration: 26 Jul 201827 Jul 2018


Conference2nd Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Conference


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