Financial Incentives to Raise Productivity

by Alexander Laufer, Asst. Prof.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, Texas,
John D. Borcherding, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Pg. 745-756

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Delphi method is used to explore the feasibility of financial incentive programs for the construction labor force in the U.S. The most appropriate methods for measuring on-site performance, the likely effects of different financial incentive programs, and the ways to enhace their effectiveness are explored. The Delphi panel of experts included 37 specialists of various interrelated professions. The study comprised three rounds of questionnaires of which two included feedback of results. The findings indicate that financial incentive programs for the construction labor force are not only feasible, but they could materially raise productivity, lower production costs, shorten construction time, improve the quality of management, and increase the earnings of the workers.

Subject Headings: Labor | Construction materials | Construction methods | Quality control | Financial management | Feasibility studies | Productivity | Construction costs

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