- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 09 Nov 2020
Non-productive overtime (NPO) is time that employees or workers spend in the workplace over and above their contracted hours but which is not being spent on productive activities. If this is not managed effectively and monitored carefully it can have negative and costly implications for a business or project.
An example could be using the internet or deliberately not working, or working at a slow pace, when doing overtime.
However, there can be circumstances when non-productive overtime cannot be avoided. For example, if construction works are being accelerated to try and meet a deadline, requiring overtime, but exceptionally adverse weather then means some workers have to curtail their activities, albeit, temporarily. In addition, if activities in certain conditions could put workers at risk, it can be considered reasonable to stop work or to work at a slower pace. Works can also stop due to a lack of equipment, materials or information, delays on related activities and so on.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Proper materials and maintenance can help reduce rust.
Is the construction sector responding to calls for ED&I?
Engineers pay tribute by sharing their memories.
The hidden price of infrastructure.
BREEAM incorporates wellbeing into its Building Back Better programme.
Administration signals policy changes on some building-related issues.
From inns and coaching houses to boutiques.
Survey reveals green skills gap.
America's economic collapse produced scores of PWA Moderne projects.
The benefits of glowing aggregates and cement.
Urgent need for open communication to address mental health issues.