Manpower Planning—Make a Moral Contract

by Robert J. Schaffer, Beling Consultants Inc, Joliet, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Engineering and Construction Projects


One key to manpower planning is forecasting realistic and accurate manhour projections for work in-house or work in the proposal stage. A method used by the author to project manhours over the past ten years is: simple, fosters team spirit and, most important - it works. Make a moral contract with each employee who participates in the project from the project manager to the drafter. At a short meeting with all project participants: outline the work; establish preliminary task assignments; then ask the participants to project manhours required to complete tasks and what must be accomplished before they can begin their tasks. Follow-up quickly with another short meeting so that all participants can finalize their manhour projections and any ideas which affect the project. Confirm with them verbally, in the presence of all attending the meeting, the manhour projections that they have estimated; state that these are target goals for the project.

Subject Headings: Contracts | Project management | Engineering profession | Construction management | Forecasting | Employees | Managers | Construction industry

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