Shorter hours means more productivity

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 7 March 2008



(2008), "Shorter hours means more productivity", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 3.



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Shorter hours means more productivity

As the leading supplier of pre-fabricated steel and timber frame buildings in the Middle East, AMB works with clients including Fluor, Siemens, Schlumberger and Nakheel. Demand for construction in the Middle East means that that working hours have beocme longer and longer … . But some have been suggesting that this is not necessarily good for either productivity or safety.

AMB, which is actively involved in the Build Safe Dubai project and was one of the signatory groups at the official launch in October, decided to investogat. The company conducted research amongst its 2,700 staff; listening to them and asking which hours they would like to work, within reason.

Steve McConnachie, general manager of AMB, comments: “As a result of our research we now operate a rota system where employees work a five-and-a-half-day week as opposed to a six-day week. We found that working the same hours for a five-day week, every otherrdquo;

He added: “It is important that we continue to deliver excellent results for our clients and also look after our hard-working team. Ensuring that our staff have time off means that they are working to their full potential and, in our experience, this helps with continuing to improve health and safety, as well as staff retention and boosting morale.”

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