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Time management in construction

Given the project oriented work environment associated with consulting and contracting, pressures on time are perhaps more obvious in construction than in other industries, says Brian Fitzgerald, director of HR development at WS Atkins. 'Things must be done within a given time frame, and you cannot relax on this without incurring huge cost penalties, ' he explains.

Like many large construction firms, WS Atkins runs in-house courses on time management for employees. 'Most people know what needs to be done in terms of managing time, but occasionally they need to be reminded of structured ways of doing this, ' says Fitzgerald. 'The nub of the matter is whether they can do it in practice.'

Companies not offering in-house time management training can call on the services of outside training organisations. For example, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development runs two-day courses on time and self management throughout the year.

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