During the COVID-19 crisis, we are all adapting to working from home. While we know this can be particularly difficult within the construction industry, we have put together our top 5 tips on how to stay productive and check in with your projects from home.
Construction sites are closed throughout the world and many projects have ceased. This shift may push the construction industry into the world of remote work, so this is an opportunity for your company to put your best foot forward. Now is also the time to become aware of the tools and technology that are out there that allow you to work remotely, which can pave the way for increased efficiency both on and off-site in the long run.
Here are our top 5 tips for staying on top of your game:
1. Realign Priorities
Your plans have changed and things are uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Right now is a good time to take another look at everything that’s been placed on the long finger, maybe it’s your company website, your marketing strategy or some CPD training. CIF, HSA and CPD UK are just some of the online training resources available. It also gives you a chance to brush up your industry knowledge. There’s no time like the present.
2. Stay Connected
Because there are many stakeholders involved in a single construction project, communication really is the key to success. Without having the ability to have regular face-to-face conversations, maintaining interaction with your employees, customers and colleagues is more important than ever. Don’t deprive yourself or your colleagues from human interaction, include regular video calls as part of your daily routine. Tools like Slack, Trello, Google Hangouts and Zoom are worth investing in to keep your team connected. Leverage the tools you have to ensure you are keeping a strong stream of communication going.
3. Boost Morale
Remote work is a good opportunity for us all to understand how we work. Some people will struggle more than others. Feeling connected to those we work with is important, so why not try to hold regular team meetings, create a non-work related chat or just call to check in with your co-workers.
4. Provide Support
Switching to working remotely is undoubtedly a new territory for many people in the construction industry. Checking in with your colleagues and providing training and support is essential to keeping everyone on the same page. You may need to help your employees or co-workers upskill or ensure that everyone has adequate access to wifi.
5. Choosing The Right Technology
Most importantly, you need to have the right technology behind you. Choosing the right project management and communications platform is essential to keeping productivity up. By choosing a cloud-based project management system you can ensure that your team will stay connected with the right information at the right time regardless of where they are in the world.
What and how you communicate with team members has never been so important. While this situation is daunting, now is a good time to understand the benefits of remote work and improve how you communicate throughout your company.