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Chaparro, D A, Ying, F J, Rotimi, F E and Egbelakin, T (2020) Commute and labour productivity: investigation of inner city construction sites. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology , 18(05), 1305–19.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction productivity; Commute pattern; Inner city construction;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1726-0531
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-12-2019-0336
  • Abstract:
    This paper aims to identify the impact that commute patterns pose on construction labour productivity (CLP). There is limited research focussed on the impact of workforce transportation on productivity, even fewer in a construction environment. In particular, this study seeks to fill a gap in the understanding of how commute patterns may influence CLP. Design/methodology/approach Key factors reported affecting CLP were identified through a comprehensive literature review. Data were collected from 27 interviews and observational evidence at construction sites on Auckland Central Business District (CBD). Findings Shortage of skills, communication among workers, shirking behaviour, absenteeism and tardiness were perceived as the most critical labour productivity factors that are influenced by commute patterns. It is considered that stressful commutes may lead to shirking behaviours (absenteeism and calling sick). Meanwhile, ridesharing may encourage communication among workers. Research limitations/implications The study was carried out in a central business district, focussing on a geographic area with its particular characteristics. The results, thus, may not be generalised in general urban settings. Originality/value The research outcomes can be used as guidelines for companies considering travel plans for their employees, to minimise the negative impact commuting can have on workers, especially in industries with low productivity.