O P I N I O N
After the pandemic
The positive changes we’ve made will stay with us long after the days of the pandemic are over.
H ere’s a statement on which I think we can all agree: The pandemic has been difficult and created obstacles for everyone, and in every industry. This public health crisis has highlighted or exacerbated existing issues that were previously hidden, created entirely new problems that now need a resolution, and changed aspects of the way we work – and think about working – with other people. But while change is something that has always been difficult for many in our industry, we are resilient. We have acclimated and evolved – and for the better.
The problems we’ve collectively solved can also be viewed as opportunities for growth or improvement, and I believe the positive changes we’ve made will stay with us long after the days of the pandemic are over. Today, I’ll share three examples of how these have uniquely manifested in the construction industry and why I think our industry will evolve because of them. 1)Safety. While “work from home” has become a standard for many other businesses, this is not an option for the men and women who work on construction sites every day. Unfortunately, trying not to get sick is their new priority, and is yet another challenge to navigate daily on top of
those related to schedules, budgets, quality, and safety. On many construction projects in states where construction was considered essential, new protocols were put in place by general contractors during the pandemic to make sure craftsmen and workers were safe. These include: ❚ ❚ Daily screening, including temperature checks, mandatory masks, and badging ❚ ❚ Additional handwashing stations ❚ ❚ Frequent sanitation of commonly touched surfaces
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THE ZWEIG LETTER MARCH 15, 2021, ISSUE 1383
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