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Started by : Anjaneyula Reddy, Construction-Heavy, DLF   03 17 2009 10:07:09 +0000
Industry : ConstructionFunctional Area : Productivity & Performance(Strategy & Execution)
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There are so many factors that are affecting construction projects and its productivity it may be a environmental factor or a manpower factor or it might be from the management side, so what are those demotivating factors?? share your insights on this, which will help us to identify them and improve on the productivity front....

 
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1 Management factor
2 Sudden Hike in Prices of Raw Material & Transportation
3 Abscence of motivation factors
4 Man power factor
5 delayed payoffs
6 Organization factors, Economic Factors, Socio- Pyschological Factors
7 Decreased productivity results from demotivated work force
8 Politicians,Press,and corruption from top to botton.
9 construction productivity
10 some times it seems that the methodology of construction of structure is not proper, it waste time ,money and quality .......
11 methodology of construction
12 Safety Concerns ...!!!
13 Delayed decision and delayed material supply of major material by client.

Management factor

idea posted by Pragya Kothari Construction-Heavy, DLF

To me, the management which holds or has to make all the key decisions when a project is going on is also responsible for the productivity loss. From the management side like

1.Motivation
2.Financial Incentives
3.Overtime
4.Crew Size
5.Inspection Delays
6.Lack of Equipment
7.Disruption of Power/Water Supplies
8.Stop-work orders because of site accidents
9.Stoppages because of work being rejected by consultants
10.Stop work orders because of infringements of government regulations
11.Stoppages because of disputes with owners / consultants
12.Stoppages because of insolvency of subcontractors / suppliers
13.Poor Scheduling and Coordination.

With so many factors that are affecting one will be bound to see productivity loss during the construction project.

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by rakeshbhatnagar , GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.  | 07 23 2009 11:40:08 +0000

I Absolutely agree with Ms. Pragya ,she has raised good point.Those certainly effects the motivation of entire team.Sometimes the managment has to take decision to overcome such situations which ever may help to boost up the project.

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by Rashmi koul, Assistant Project Controller, MWH  | 07 16 2009 10:31:16 +0000

After all its the top Management who has to take the final call.If a execution team wants anything whether its manpower,material,money,they should have top management support.Without their support ,nothing is possible.

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by Preetha , Architect Manager, Southern Techno Ventures  | 07 16 2009 09:14:06 +0000

I also agree with the fact that proper management will help a project. But when   certain beaurocratic hurdles can bring more problems over an anthusiastic developer, he  will start deviating from the schedule  of a professional manager  .

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Sudden Hike in Prices of Raw Material & Transportation

idea posted by N. NAGESHWARAN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, M/s. KEC INTERNATIONAL LTD. (an RPG group)

Inspite of the list of demotivating factor prepared by Madam Pragya Kothari, other factors are sudden hike in prices of Raw Materials of construction and hike in transportation charges.

These sudden changes affects a lot in the progress of projects.

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Abscence of motivation factors

idea posted by Mallaya Pandravada GM-Project , Aditya Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation

The abscence of Main Motivation factors as below is the main reason for demotivation.

Motivation as a result of fulfillment of

  1. Esteem needs of the man: those are
  • Recognition for ahievement of targets.
  • Sense of Achievement resulting job saticifation.

       2.Self actualization needs of the managers

  • Clear division of responcibilities and responcibilities themselves
  • Challenging work environment

In the abscence of the above along with maintenance factors like better pay perks,overtime and any other  factors fail to motivate the employees of any organization.

I would like to add proper labour camp facilities:along with better sanitation;angan wadis(creches) for work men's children will be morale boosting to the workers.I have practically visualized this in one of my projects in Chennai.

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by Pragya Kothari, Construction-Heavy, DLF  | 07 16 2009 13:39:20 +0000

Great points Mr. Mallaya..

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by Mallaya Pandravada, GM-Project , Aditya Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation  | 07 16 2009 08:37:34 +0000

De-motivation occurs in workers occurs due to the non fulfillment of the following apart from what I have stated earlier.

De-motivating factors in the work men arising due to non fulfillment of

Physiological needs: Food; shelter; good pay; allowances;

Safety needs          : safe working conditions;

Social need            : better working environment, social status

De-motivating factors in the Managers will be due to non accomplishment of        Esteem needs: Power, Authority, Perks, Facilities provided by management.

Self actualization needs: Failing to achieve their lifetime goals.

For better working of the organization these needs are to be addressed from time to time.

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Man power factor

idea posted by Anjaneyula Reddy Construction-Heavy, DLF

According to me, the most important demotivating factor that will affect the productivity is changing of manpower on a regular basis, like there will be a sudden change in Supervisors and change in workers or there might be difficulty in recruitment of supervisors and workers,  with the sudden change it will be difficult to work with them as one has to get accustomed and the flow will not be there and productivity will not be that good either...so this is one such factor,  so what are other factors which hurts productivity.

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by rakeshbhatnagar , GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.  | 05 09 2009 14:55:28 +0000

Menpower is a major factor which may effect the productivity.skilled and unskilled workers work at their will . They don't have any libality towards any one . When they have to go for any reason they wouldn't think about the critical/crucial stage.Except this for agriculture purpose,for sawing / cutting crops,specially from holi to june is the slac period generally.There is no solution to it. Hence we agree that it's a big factor affecting the productivity.

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by Pragya Kothari, Construction-Heavy, DLF  | 03 17 2009 10:19:13 +0000

I agree with this point that Man power factor is crucial for productivity during projects, not only new workforce or sudden change will affect but also when there is more number of absenteeism, communication problem at the worksite with them, if there is labor disruption like manpower shortages, strikes etc.. lack of skill these are all in regard with the manpower factor which will lead in less productivity.

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delayed payoffs

idea posted by Joy Ranjan Hiwale Construction-Sr.engineer .vascon engineers limited

The payments to the contractors and vendors are delayed due to enhanced procedures in purchases and acc depts due to which the bottom end line which is hand to mouth earners are left to strife on their own and due to which there are many job changeovers and unpleasontries which will lead to manpower defeciency and result in production loss.

Also due to over staffing the management finds it difficult to balance the funds flow for some projects where the outflow is more than the inflow and at such times the management delays the payments of vendors and contractors which ultimately results in slow & delayed construction projects thus incurring more losses.

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by rakeshbhatnagar , GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.  | 05 14 2009 12:55:25 +0000

Yes delayed payoffs cause the migration of labour to other sites.Generally it is observed that new people manpower will also not join such a site/institution etc. suffers with the scarcity of manpower. 

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by rakeshbhatnagar , GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.  | 05 14 2009 12:48:35 +0000

Yes sir I agree with this

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Organization factors, Economic Factors, Socio- Pyschological Factors

idea posted by Mihir Jhaveri, PMP, CSCM Senior Manager/Pre Sales & Solution Lead/SCM/Strategy, Bristlecone India

Hi All

Based on my exp in Shapoorji Pallonji Co Ltd at start of my career, kindly find the factors which touch most of the construction workers.

Organization factors:

Qaulity of Site Mgt

Material Mgt

Systematic work flow

Supervision

Site Layout

Occupational education

Crew Size & Efficiency

Firm Reputation

Camping Conditions

Relaxation allowances

Economic Factors

On-time Payment

Amount of Pay

Working in Social Insurance

Incentive payments and financial rewards

Discontinuity of work

Union membership

Physical Factors

Working in Similar Activities

Design Complexity

Error Tolerance

Weather conditions

Disruptions

Schedule Compressions

Overtime

Shift

Site Congestion

 

Socio- Pyschological Factors:

Work Discipline

Health & Safety Conditions

Work Satisfactions

Creating competition

Relations with Workmates

Giving responsabilities

Sharing Problems and their results

Social Activities oppurtunties

Cultural Differences

Workers participations in decision making

Distance from home

Distance from population centers

 

Regards

Mihir Kumar Jhaveri, PMP, CSCM

Senior Manager

 

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Decreased productivity results from demotivated work force

idea posted by Amita Shanbag Chartered Accountant/CPA, RNP

 

There are various problems confronting construction today. Productivity has decreased every year for the past decade, in part because of increasing design complexity, more rigorous regulations and socio-economic changes affecting the work force. Surveys at major construction projects have yielded a significant list of demotivators. The most common are: lack of material, communication breakdowns, rework, unavailability of tools and equipment,disrespectful treatment, lack of recognition, little participation in decision making, lack of cooperation among labour, incomplete engineering, restrictive or burdensome procedures and regulations, and poorly trained foremen. This results in improper scheduling, poor  implementation, cost overruns,  and breakdowns and disruptions in the basic manufacturing activity.

Highly motivated workforce enhance productivity and project effectiveness. Ensuring the safety of the workforce, incentive schemes, insurance, training and reward mechanisms should improve quality of work force and the quality of construction.

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Politicians,Press,and corruption from top to botton.

idea posted by SB DIKSHIT STATE QUALITY MONITOR, U.P.R.R.D.A

During construcion period local politician interfere for want of fulfilling utter desire ,similarly the local press and lastly not the least the top to bottom of funding dept.in a wish of receiving something in shape of cash and/or kind delay the progress thus the construction projects productivity.

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construction productivity

idea posted by N.VIJAYAKUMAR former store management ,system management , GAMMON INDIA LTD

Simple project manager should be separate ,he should know civil but job responsibilities to be managing smooth project moving.Time schedule for all,like procurement,the material requirement date, pre- planning procurement in time.labour management.staff management,some time in critical stage staff may put leave like that, heavy equipments should be moved in proper time to the site as well as the loss of keeping heavy equipment unnecessarily also make loss to companies.

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some times it seems that the methodology of construction of structure is not proper, it waste time ,money and quality .......

idea posted by haresh mirani civil engineer -others, jaiprakash associates limited

methodology must be in practice in important structure

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methodology of construction

idea posted by haresh mirani civil engineer -others, jaiprakash associates limited

methodology of construction of any structure is very important factor, proper guideline must be convey to all concerned personnels. it save time and help to increase quality and productivity. sometimes it seems that unskilled labours are engaged by agency result waste of time and poor productivity.

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Safety Concerns ...!!!

idea posted by M NITIN SHENOY, PMP, IPMA-D, CEng MICE Manager

A SAFER Work Environment is the most Motivating Factor for MAnpower resulting in Enhanced Productivity.

No other factors like, Payment, Rewards or Incentives can replace the Motivating Factor generated by the SAFER WORK PRACTICES and CONCERNS in the Working Environment...!!!

If this has to be proved, then the reactions of workmen at a casuality affected work site could be observed and its impact on lowering producitivity and team MORALE is very HIGH...!!!

Ehancing SAFETY CONCERNS and CULTURE is a PROACTIVE Step towards PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT..

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by Pragya Kothari, Construction-Heavy, DLF  | 07 15 2009 10:17:12 +0000

I agree with Mr. Nithin...Work environment indeed plays a very big role in any circumstances. The more workers are motivated in different ways the more enthusiastically they will work and thus better production will occur..

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Delayed decision and delayed material supply of major material by client.

idea posted by rakeshbhatnagar GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.

1.Delay in supply of major material such as steel,Cement etc ,creates demotivation in un skilled man power and supevisory staff.

2.Delayed decisions by client regarding drawings or any other work process.

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