How can construction productivity be lower today than it was 15 years ago? asks a new report from Stevens Construction Institute, Inc. During this recession, companies have eliminated marginal employees, leaving core ones who are now cross-trained more. With all the advances in professionalism, methods, technology, and human resource training, we should have seen an increase in our productivity as other industries have enjoyed, according to the report.

However, this has not happened. Instead, with the exception of a brief upsurge in 2009, possibly attributable to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), productivity has steadily declined since 2005, currently measured to be lower than it was in 1997. How is this possible?

Read the white paper here.