Incentive Plans for Mexican Construction Workers

Salvador Garcia1, Ariadna Romero2, Hector Diaz3 & 4

1Professor, Civil and Construction Management. Engineering, Department, 2501 Garza Sada Street, ITESM, Monterrey, NL, Mex, 64849, Phone 52 81552540, sgr@itesm.mx
2Graduated Student, Civil and Construction Management. Engineering, 2501 Garza Sada Street, ITESM, Monterrey, NL, Mex, 64849, Phone 52 81552540, ariadnarb@yahoo.com.mx
3Graduated Student, Civil and Construction Management, Engineering, 2501 Garza Sada Street, ITESM, Monterrey, NL, Mex, 64849, Phone 52 81552540, arqhectordiaz@yahoo.com.mx
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Abstract

Construction is one of the industries that rely heavily on the worker's performance. The construction worker is responsible for the optimal use of resources and equipment, making him an important part of the project and his performance essential to its accomplishment. The aim of the paper is to propose an incentive scheme for the Mexican construction worker that could assist the firm to achieve its goal in terms of costs, time and quality of its projects. The incentive plan is the direct result of a work study analysis conducted in a firm specialized in the construction and development of low income housing complexes in Mexico. In particular, the study focuses in three types of activities: stucco and plaster application and masonry of concrete block walls. Based on the observations from the methods employed and time spent in each process, with previous identification of the firm's objectives and benchmarks, the monetary incentive schemes are designed to meet the firm's objectives. Furthermore, the proposed incentive scheme is meant to identify the most trained workers and to build a database that could help to keep track and rehired them in the future. However, the main use of the incentive plan is the effect it has on the worker's motivation that could help him to improve his performance. The paper offers numerical results for the three activities under study in terms of productivity indicators, comparison to theoretical benchmarks and evaluation of field personnel and design of effective economic incentives

Keywords

Economic incentives, work study, worker's evaluation, performance, productivity

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Reference

Garcia, S. , Romero, A. , Diaz, H. & 2006, 'Incentive Plans for Mexican Construction Workers' In:, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Santiago, Chile, 1-. pp 525-532

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