There have been many advances in technology that make our lives easier, and we are able to so many everyday tasks faster than ever before. (I won’t go into a long list here; I know you can think of plenty on your own.)
So, why has the construction industry been slow in its productivity gains? For example, in the 1974 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Manual of Labor Units, it would take .25 hours to install a 4” Square Box. However, according to the 2011-2012 NECA manual, it would take .3 hours to install the same item under the same conditions.
I would have thought that the labor times would have gone down, instead of up!
- I mean… now we have cordless drills! No more plugging and unplugging and cords to get caught up on ladders. I bet it’s the dead battery slowing us down! I guess they are not as helpful as I thought they were.
- What about laser levels, so you don’t have to measure the height of each box? You can set the level up in a room or along the wall and not have to worry about measuring all of the boxes. Nope, apparently that did not help productivity. Maybe the people that installed them before were just more efficient than the workers of today. (All that polyester they wore really brought out the efficiency in a guy!)
- The grounding system splicing is also something that takes a little longer now than it did in 1974. With the new products on the market that make the connections, I guess this doesn’t speed up the installation. Apparently, it only makes the grounding system better.
Don’t you think that in thirty-seven years, that something might have come along to make the installation speed up instead of slow down? Is it time to rethink how we build?
All joking aside, why do you think the labor units are rising?