DON'T SQUEEZE FOR MANPOWER REDUCTIONS

This discussion which makes the point that manpower reduction through across-the-board cuts or by squessing divisions are hazardous approaches, outlines the approach taken in Michigan to document the departments manpower needs. The approach which establishes direct relationships between work loads, productivity rates and staffing, identified and measured key work loads, determined productivity rates, and checked manpower needs estimates. The importance of weekly scheduling, and biweekly evaluations are emphasized. Research identified 261 activities performed by construction engineering personnel, 33 of them representing 85 percent of the total work load. Work load measurement units are tabulated. Key work loads divided by productivity rates equal 85 percent of the on- site manpower needs. The planning of in-season utilization is discussed and the manpower needs for 3 projects are listed. Three ways of checking manpower needs estimates are outlined. Week-by-week scheduling is critical to insuring that all work is done, and that actual manpower usage correspons with planned usage. Commenta are also made on implementation of this systems approach, the reduction of key work loads, the time taken by surveying and office engineering, the improvement of productivity rates, and employee versatility.

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  • Accession Number: 00141254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM