If we’ll look at the silver lining of the past events, we will see a few great points that the recent pandemic brought about. The prioritization of mental health in the workplace has been given utmost attention to make sure not only the employee’s quality of work but more importantly their quality of life. It has never been the case for the past years as mental health has been put under the shade for so long. Another great effect of the pandemic is the businesses’ resilience from this sudden turn of events. Businesses were put to a test to actually pivot in the quickest way possible to save what is left. It propelled business leaders to innovate and level up their technology to meet the ever-changing requirement of the industry.
The construction industry for one has experienced huge changes in its operations on- and off-site. On-site projects require big manpower to complete several tasks, however, due to social distancing and a limited number of people allowed, companies are forced to think of a way to proceed while keeping only the most essential in the field. Remote inspection and reporting have been the answer to this. Based on Hoar Constructions’ recent white paper, construction is a physical activity therefore safety comes first and foremost. However, additional COVID19 measures eat up at least 2% of their daily work hours. The question of whether their productivity will be affected has been crucial but after a few months, it has been found to be irrelevant of the overall production as prioritizing the safety of their people allows them to feel valued thus making them feel good about their work, therefore, increasing their quality of work.
In a recent article from Construction Dive, they discuss the resiliency of the construction industry during last year’s pandemic.