A call for new research in the lean construction community: Alternative work schedules

Brent Nikolin, Jason Herrera, Tom McCready, David Grau Torrent, Kristen Parrish

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Abstract

While there is considerable research performed in the construction industry on the loss of productivity after a 5 day / 8 hour a day work week there is very little research exploring productivity with fewer work hours. Other industries have shown that they are more productive working shorter weekly schedules. Indeed, if we can produce a quality product with fewer resources, value stream is improved and a leaner process executed. More importantly, if we can be safer and improve quality of life we are achieving the most important tenant of lean, respect for people. To reinforce such notion, data shows that the US is 3% less productive than the other top 10 most productive countries in the world even though the US workforce works 21% more hours. Several countries, such as the Netherlands and Denmark, who work 29 and 33 hours per week, respectively, have a higher quality of life and have similar or higher productivity. This paper presents both a theoretical basis for alternative work schedules in construction as well as the results of a survey administered to trade contractor personnel, illustrating the potential safety benefits of a schedule change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of IGLC 23 - 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages435-443
Number of pages9
Volume2015-January
ISBN (Electronic)9780987455796
StatePublished - 2015
Event23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2015 - Perth, Australia
Duration: Jul 28 2015Jul 31 2015

Other

Other23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2015
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period7/28/157/31/15

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Keywords

  • Alternative Work Schedules (AWS)
  • Productivity
  • Quality Of Life
  • Safety
  • waste.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Nikolin, B., Herrera, J., McCready, T., Grau Torrent, D., & Parrish, K. (2015). A call for new research in the lean construction community: Alternative work schedules. In Proceedings of IGLC 23 - 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions (Vol. 2015-January, pp. 435-443). The International Group for Lean Construction.