1. Which crew size had the highest productivity per worker? Which crew size had the lowest productivity per worker? What are some possible explanations for these results?
The crew size with two members had the highest productivity, because they seem to work better in pairs, and hold each other accountable. While the crew size of three had the lowest productivity, because you have a crew of two working together, while the third is trying to figure out what they are supposed to be doing. Furthermore, the crew size with four members, could become more distracted and lose track of the task especially if it’s a smaller job.
2. After a recent storm, a customer called in a panic, saying that she had planned a garden party for the upcoming weekend and her garden was in shambles. The owner decided to send a crew of four workers, even though a two-worker crew would have a higher productivity. Explain the rationale for this decision.
The owner decided to send a crew of four workers, because those workers can break into a group of two and be more productive and spend less time on the job.
3. What is a possible qualitative issue that may very well influence productivity levels that the productivity ratios fail to take into consideration?
Perhaps it’s not the size of the team that may be the focus of productivity, it’s the organization of the team and how well they work together. This area isn’t taken into consideration with productivity ratios.