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The impact of non-financial incentives on bricklayers' productivity in Nigeria


  • Olabosipo Fagbenle
  • Aderemi Adeyemi
  • David Adesanya


High productivity is regarded as a goal that ensures long-term survival of firms. In Nigeria's labour-intensive construction industry, firms are currently applying various non-financial incentive schemes aimed at improving operatives' productivity. A questionnaire survey involving the management and operatives of construction firms was conducted to determine the impact of these scheme on the productivity of bricklayers. The survey was complemented with on-site observation and measurement of bricklayers' output on 40 construction projects in order to determine the impact of non-financial incentive schemes on productivity. Comparative analysis of sites with and without incentives showed that non-financial incentive schemes significantly improved bricklayers' productive time and these schemes accounted for 6% to 26% of the variations in output between the two sets of sites on block laying and concreting activities measured.

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  • Olabosipo Fagbenle & Aderemi Adeyemi & David Adesanya, 2004. "The impact of non-financial incentives on bricklayers' productivity in Nigeria," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(9), pages 899-911.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:22:y:2004:i:9:p:899-911
    DOI: 10.1080/0144619042000241262

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    1. Masakure, Oliver & Cranfield, John & Henson, Spencer, 2008. "The Financial Performance of Non-farm Microenterprises in Ghana," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 2733-2762, December.


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