Disruptions on-site influencing construction workers’ state of mind and decreasing productivity in Ireland

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Wong Smer, Arahi
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MBA in Project Management
Dublin Business School
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Purpose – To determine, from construction workers perceptions, to what extent disruptions on building activities influence negative state of mind and productivity losses in the Irish Construction Industry. Design/methodology/approach – Positivism philosophy and cross-sectional choices were made to apply quantitative research throughout online and paper-based questionnaires as an instrument of primary data collection. Findings – Disruptions on building activities within the Irish Construction Industry can be attributed to multiple change of orders and lack of materials, influencing negative state of mind to half of the population surveyed, as triggering demotivation, annoyance and low productivity. On average, a construction worker is disrupted 3 times per day and according to results, disruptions can last 182.55 minutes, representing 38% of productivity losses in an eight-hour shift. Conclusions – Deficiencies in site-management can moderately cause productivity losses and highly demotivate construction workers as disturbing the workflow of construction projects.