What a different place our world is since last week! The evolving situation will continue to be a challenge for all of us. I am sure you are keeping an eye on the news, but please also read the update from Build UK in this week’s edition as it relates directly to our industry.
The SPRA team will perhaps have less disruption than many as we already work remotely, but for those which have to make radical changes to their work and home life, the challenges will be all the greater.
Tactics must be employed to help smooth running both in the workplace and at home. Perhaps it’s time to introduce some ground rules in both places to help mitigate some of the frustration and low mood that is inevitable. However, it can still be a time of true innovation (perhaps moreso!) and sometimes there are small, seemingly obvious daily processes and routines that can be changed, done differently, stopped completely or replaced by other, more efficient ways of working and living.
IT will come into its own of course– with video conferencing set to play a huge part in business. But think about staff who don’t normally work from home. This isolation from work colleagues and the daily chats are a big part of people’s lives and can cause a real strain. Could you set a specific ‘coffee break’ time when colleagues can get that important drink and spend 15 mins on Whatsapp, Facetime or business video channels, simply catching up and having a bit of a gossip? This social interaction is necessary for our mental health, and a bit of organised ‘down time’ will probably have huge benefits to both the employee and the business.
And finally, can you help someone else in need at this time? I am always moved by the selfishness and willingness of our industry to support people with serious problems when watching DIY SOS. The construction sector is full of wonderful people doing incredible things. So, as we venture into these unchartered waters, I am sure that with a calm head, diligence, inventiveness, respect, love, kindness and perseverance – we will come out of this stronger and better equipped for the future.
Source: SPRA CEO