A survey of absenteeism on construction sites

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dc.contributor.author Srour, F. Jordan
dc.contributor.author Srour, Issam
dc.contributor.author Lattouf, M. Ghayth
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-18T13:09:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-18T13:09:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-12-18
dc.identifier.issn 0143-7720 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6829 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose The construction industry is dynamic and often unregulated due to its complex, project-based nature. This makes the task of implementing human resource management (HRM) functions more difficult than in other economic sectors. This is particularly the case for developing countries which rely on a migrant, casual, and transient workforce. Despite offering flexibility, a transient workforce can lead to unpredictable rates of absenteeism and unsatisfactory productivity. This paper links HRM practices in the construction industry of the developing world to rates of absenteeism across three segments of the construction workforce – foremen, skilled workers, and unskilled workers. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach A survey targeting 60 construction sites in Beirut, Lebanon form the basis of the analysis. Within each site, measures of absenteeism for foremen, skilled, and unskilled workers were solicited along with other data on HRM onsite. Findings The results suggest a regression model for worker absenteeism based on tenure of work as well as the absenteeism of workers at the next hierarchical level onsite. Originality/value This study is among the first to show a link between the mechanisms by which construction workers are employed (contract-based foremen vs daily/weekly labourers – both skilled and unskilled) and the rate of absenteeism seen onsite. Given the role of absenteeism in construction productivity, having a good understanding of the underlying causes of absenteeism is critical to the design of mitigating policies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title A survey of absenteeism on construction sites en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201204645 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Manpower en_US
dc.journal.volume 38 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 533-547 en_US
dc.keywords Conditions of employment en_US
dc.keywords Data analysis en_US
dc.keywords Contingent workers en_US
dc.keywords Absenteeism en_US
dc.keywords Human resource management en_US
dc.keywords Construction industry en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1108/ IJM-08-2015-0135 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Srour, F. J., Srour, F. J., Srour, I., Srour, I., Lattouf, M. G., & Lattouf, M. G. (2017). A survey of absenteeism on construction sites. International Journal of Manpower, 38(4), 533-547. en_US
dc.author.email jordan.srour@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJM-08-2015-0135 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7623-723X en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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