New working practices could boost productivity
A new study of six major construction schemes suggests that new working practices implemented during the COVID-19 crisis could, in the long term, lead to increased site productivity.
Researchers at Loughborough University found that while overall site productivity was negatively impacted by social distancing requirements, individual and team effectiveness and productivity actually improved.
They saw better and more detailed task planning, waiting time between tasks, increased space and therefore less ‘overlap’ of trades.
There was also a boost in the use of technological solutions, more responsibility for individuals and fewer meetings.
One site manager told Construction Enquirer: “With the productivity and the new ways of thinking we believe we only need 7 people to do the same as 10 people.”