Construction Personnel Management

by Henry J. Nave, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 95-108

Document Type: Journal Paper


Construction management concentrates so heavily on increasing production by using better machinery and longer working days that worker morale and motivation are often neglected. Manufacturers have found personnel relations departments to be worthwhile investments. Behavioral psychologists believe that there are two basic behavior patterns. These patterns are influenced by human need for job safety, social acceptance, and self esteem. The degree to which an individual's needs are satisfied is a significant indicator of his degree of motivation. A significant barrier to effective worker motivation is the strong union tradition in construction, whereas the nonunionization of engineers contributes towards their creativity and capacity for responsibility.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Labor | Motivation | Personnel management | Construction equipment | Human factors | Investments | Occupational safety

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