Shift work impact on construction labor productivity

Awad S. Hanna, Chul Ki Chang, Kenneth Sullivan, Jeffery A. Lackney

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Abstract

Schedule compression or acceleration is a common problem for specialty contractors. Schedule acceleration is often the result of late start, delays and/or added work. Generally, a contractor has three options in accelerating a construction schedule; scheduled overtime, increasing the number of workers, or creating an additional shift of workers. There has been a significant amount of research conducted on scheduled overtime on construction labor productivity. However, little information has been found in the literature addressing the cost implications or labor inefficiency associated with working a second shift. This paper quantifies the relationship between the length of shift work and labor efficiency. The results of the research show that shift work has the potential to be both beneficial and detrimental to the productivity of construction labor. The productivity loss obtained from the quantification model developed through this study range from -11% to 17% depending on the length of shift work used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBroadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress
EditorsI.D. Tommelein
Pages597-605
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Nov 15 2005
EventConstruction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2005Apr 7 2005

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period4/5/054/7/05

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Keywords

  • Labor Productivity
  • Schedule Acceleration
  • Schedule Compression
  • Shift Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Hanna, A. S., Chang, C. K., Sullivan, K., & Lackney, J. A. (2005). Shift work impact on construction labor productivity. In I. D. Tommelein (Ed.), Construction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress (pp. 597-605). (Construction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress).