Project Planning and Construction Does Not Need to Stop During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been considered by the World Health Organization as a worldwide calamity. This means that the disease is serious and accelerating in different nations.
Many countries have declared travel bans which have affected the economic health. It is also devastating that many schools, colleges, and universities have been closed.
High profile companies like Microsoft and Google are mandating that workers adapt a work-from-home policy. For modern technology companies, the policy and infrastructure for virtually working at home may have already been implemented.
Project planning doesn’t need to stop because of this global pandemic. The employees and the project planners must be productive, connected, and effective to work remotely. Yes, this is major work disruption, but project planning can continue.
Here are important tips to consider:
1. Prioritize the health of your employees:
The unique priority of every company or organization should be to protect its employees, stakeholders, and vendors from this disease. Numerous companies are demonstrating their creativity to slow the COVID-19 pandemic by deploying a virtual work plan.
You can't ignore this step, or it will come back to bite you. Think of all the factories where employees wanted to call in sick, weren't allowed to, and then made everyone else sick.
2. Building the proper infrastructure for the home workplace:
Employees who work at home during this pandemic must have full accessibility to basic tech. This includes things like high-speed WiFi at home, a VPN, a smartphone, access to effective software, and file-sharing systems.
3. Get up to speed or work-sharing apps and software
There is no shortage of great programs that will help you work with others remotely. In construction, there are construction-specific programs. In addition, there are apps like Evernote, Slack, Trello, and Asana.
Try them out and see what you like. Some are free, and some cost money. But if you're going to be working remotely long-term, they may be well worth the investment.
Many employees are happier working at home. Use this crisis to your advantage. You may be surprised to find your employees are super productive with the right tools.
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