How Can We Improve Construction Productivity & Profit?


The global pandemic changed how many companies conducted their business as a part of the “new normal.” Social distancing and various lockdown measures restricted many people’s movements and reduced many businesses’ productivity and profit in a bid to reduce the chances of people contracting the virus. Construction companies now need to find a way to increase their productivity and survive during the pandemic.

There’s no way to fix a company’s issues and ensure a company can survive a crisis overnight, and businesses must invest in time and resources to increase productivity. Productivity is the total output per unit of the total input. The output is expressed in weight, length, or volume, while the input is represented by the working hours.

Companies must reskill their workforce, improve their communication lines, receive feedback from the workers, delegate tasks to capable employees, improve worksite safety, track time, and use technologies to increase productivity and profit.

Reskilling the workforce allows the company to stay competitive in the industry as different construction firms invest in new tools and technologies for their processes. The company’s staff must know how to use whatever modern equipment the firm uses, or else they won’t be able to take advantage of its tools to increase productivity.

Improving communication lines is also imperative to increase productivity since poor communication can negatively affect a construction project. It’s important to communicate with the team members working on the project and the project suppliers any changes and updates to the project’s deadlines. Improved coordination as a result of better communication lines will lead to increased productivity.

Getting employee feedback is a part of having clear communication lines, especially since constant communication is essential in improving processes. Through the workers’ feedback, the company can increase productivity by improving how they execute construction projects.

There are other things that companies need to do to improve productivity, especially when keeping the pandemic in mind. See this infographic by LiveCosts for more information.