It's a people thing - practical ideas for accelerating change (C586)

A focus on people and good human resources practices can help accelerate change within the construction industry. Sixteen organisations, brought together by CIRIA in an executive steering group (ESG), have reviewed the industry problems identified by the Latham and Egan reports. They found that the tendency for construction companies to be led by engineers, architects and surveyors with little formal training in people management has prompted a focus on improvements to the construction process rather than on better HR practices. The ESG therefore turned its attention to the people-related issues that impede change.

It has devised a process to identify the nature of problems afflicting an organisations, their causes and possible solutions. A survey was undertaken among senior executives to identify the most useful solutions, and this questionnaire is included so that readers may benchmark their organisation's responses against the industry average approach.

Key words: respect for people.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-586-5

Author: J Payne, K Montague

Number of pages: 66 (paperback)

Publisher: CIRIA

Date of Publication: December 2003