Six Pillars of Productivity

Contractors can guarantee labor productivity on their projects by leading their project teams to focus relentlessly on ensuring that these 6 Pillars of Productivity are supporting each task on the job site.

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Field Productivity: 6 Pillars of Task Productivity - Ensuring Consistent Wins: Information, Labor / Subs, Materials, Equipment and Tools, Area Ready, and Goals.
  1. Information: Crews have all the information they need in order to install effectively.  Ensure that this information is in the easiest to digest format including installation details and that everything for this task is 100% approved before starting.  With the right information and the right field leadership in place the task will get done. This is the starting point.  
  2. Labor / Subs: Make sure the right resources are available to execute the task.  Not putting the right amount of labor resources on the task - either too many or too few will impact productivity.  Your installation detailing and planning may need to be adjusted depending on the quantity or quality of the labor resources. 
  3. Materials: Can’t do anything without the right materials staged close to where they will be installed.  Don’t start the task unless you have firm verification that 100% of the approved materials are available.   
  4. Equipment & Tools: The right equipment and tools in good working order all fueled or charged as required.  Are these really the best tools for accomplishing this task? Is the crew competent in their safe and productive use?  
  5. Work Area Ready: All required prerequisite work or layout by others is complete.  Area is clean, well lit and environmentally protected if required.  
  6. Goals: Never start a task without clearly defined goals for achieving milestones, production rates, completion, quality levels, etc.  Given clear information and goals pillars 2-5 are a means to an end.

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