How Construction Companies Can Handle Working From Home
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has disrupted our entire lives, from the way we work to even our weekly grocery shop. Many businesses have been ordered to send employees home to work if possible. In the construction industry, this isn’t always easy – but it can be possible to be productive until the construction site reopens. Here’s how.
Get the technology in place.
Technology is the first thing you need when considering working remotely in construction. You’re going to need a device where you can access documents and applications, so get your laptop, computer or tablet ready. Make sure you follow all company guidelines and safety procedures to keep documents and passwords safe.
Stick to a routine.
Working remotely is no excuse to let regular hours, meetings, and processes slip through the cracks. Setting a schedule for you and your employees is crucial to enforce that it is business as usual. Use tools like Zoom and GoToMeeting to host meetings remotely.
It’s easy to feel isolated when working from home. The solution is to stay in constant communication. Set up weekly meetings, review daily reports, and use whatever technology or apps that allow you to stay connected to the team.
When an entire team goes remote, new challenges can arise. Communicate these new challenges to your management team and come up with creative solutions to solve them. Managing expectations is key to ensure that everyone feels that the team is working together.
Review and discuss
In the construction industry, it’s not as simple as picking up your laptops and heading home to work. Real, physical construction work needs to be done and crews must perform this labor. If your company needs to suspend construction for a while, now is a good opportunity to review plans, drawings, and designs. If you can’t physically do the work, at least discuss it so that you can hit the ground running when the site opens up.
While you’re at it, ensure that you have the necessary insurance coverages that safeguard your business from further monetary loss. For the easy and convenient construction insurance services that you need, contact the experts at Artisan Insurance Solutions. We are ready to get you the coverage that you need today.