Working from home is not a new concept. I’m reliably informed it was common in Medieval times. More recent advancements in technology and changes in workplace culture have increased our ability and opportunity to do so.
For those of us who have not previously had the opportunity to work from home, our ability to adapt has become a key attribute. I am sure we are all learning new skills and the lessons learnt will help with a new approach and balance in our working lives and practices that will provide many benefits not least of which is to the environment.
Since we closed our offices and all staff commenced working from home, I have noticed common themes emerging across the industry; resilience, initiative, support for one another and, it could be argued, improved communication. Whilst this is no way business as usual, above all else there has been, in my experience, a strong commitment in construction to either continue or explore ways to progress projects where it is safe to do so.
Is there a contradiction here, however? As Spain and other countries ease lockdown measures to help the economy, are there lessons to learn from Asia where infection rates have started to increase again following similar relaxations?
We must now, as our own lockdown continues, turn our attention to the wellbeing of all of those around us; our colleagues, families and friends and to support them in these extraordinary circumstances.
To all those reading this, I hope that you all stay safe and well during this extremely challenging period.