Purpose Labor productivity is one of the most important factors that affect the physical progress of any construction project. In order to improve labor productivity, site production should be measured on a regular basis, and then compared to acceptable standard benchmarks. The objective of this paper is to measure masonry labor productivity in Gaza Strip, Palestine, using a consistent benchmarking approach.Designmethodologyapproach Production data were collected from nine different construction projects located in Gaza. For each project, values for baseline productivity, disruption index, performance index and project management index were calculated.Findings Based on the nine targeted projects, the baseline productivity of masonry works in Gaza seems to range from 0.29 to 0.80 workhours per square meter. Calculated values were utilized to develop a correlation between two project benchmarks i.e. disruption and project management indices. AS only four out of the targeted nine projects performed reasonably well, the paper strongly recommends developing a benchmarking standard for each local construction firm in Palestine which may lead to an improvement in the national construction productivity.Originalityvalue The outcome of this research will improve the national construction productivity in Palestine and highlights the benefit of improving benchmarking standard.
International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 2007