By Derek Clements-croome
Preface. Contents. Foreword - Nick Raynsford, Minister for building, DETR. 1. Creativity, surroundings and other people. 2. the commercial Case for productiveness. three. the character of Poductivity. four. focus & considering. five. Case stories. 6. the longer term. Appendix. Index.
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Recent studies have revealed that the quality of life for the common labourer in Europe was the highest in the twelfth to thirteenth centuries, when most of the cathedrals were built. ) A modern housebuilder says, ‘I’m going to build some houses. People will buy them to live in and that will earn me a living. I can build each house to my own specifications, make sure the building regulations are covered, and cut corners wherever possible. I’m not going to live in it so I will not bother to make it as good and as pleasing as if I were.
Bedford (1949) concluded that there was a close relationship between the external temperature and the output of workers. Deteriorating performance is partially attributable to somnolence due to heat. Schweisheimer (1962) carried out some surveys concerned with establishing the effect of air-conditioning on productivity at a leather factory in Massachusetts, an electrical manufacturing company in Chicago and a manufacturing company in Pennsylvania. 5 per cent during the summer months. On the basis of these investigations Schweisheimer (1966) concluded that the average performance of workers dropped by 10 per cent at an internal room temperature of 30°C, by 22 per cent at 32°C and by 38 per cent at 35°C.