This paper reviews an analysis of the impact of scheduled overtime operation on construction projects and the inflationary effects of such operations. The data and findings cited in the previous Business Roundtable report (1974) on this subject have been found still valid and support the following conclusions: placing field construction operations on a project on a scheduled overtime basis disrupts the economy of the affected area, magnifies any apparent labor shortage, reduces labor productivity, and creates excessive inflation of construction labor costs without material benefit to the completion schedule; where a work schedule of 60 or more hours per week is continued longer than about two months, the cumulative effect of decreased productivity will cause a delay in the completion data beyond that which could have been realized with the same crew size on a 40-hour week; and where overtime operations are deemed necessary despite productivity losses--for example, on remote construction projects where bachelor housing is provided at the job site and on maintenance turnarounds--proper management can minimize the inflationary effects. Management actions to be considered include use of an additional shift and periodic shutdown of the work for a Sunday or weekend. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Project Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Roundtable Report

    Business Roundtable, 200 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10166
  • Publication Date: 1980-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391403
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM