Manage a flexible workforce during a disaster
December 01, 2012
Hurricane Sandy served as a great example as to why every construction business need a disaster response plan. Firms that had a team of staff members prepared in the event of an emergency were able to recover more quickly from the storm and lessen the hit to their business' bottom line.
Each construction firm will have different plans depending on various factors, but something that all businesses should consider is adding the ability to work from home and the potential for flexible work hours in the event of a disaster. Employees who can work remotely are able to stay connected to the company's network to keep an eye on processes. Here are a few more reasons provided by Fast Company about why disaster recovery plans should include the ability to work flexible hours and from home.
Instant work capabilities
Remote workers that have the ability to communicate with other employees and log on to the company's network can have the ability to work as if they are in the office from their comfort or their own home, a local coffee shop or anywhere with an internet connection. Construction businesses should consider this capability due to the increased use of cloud-based software for construction that helps members of the firm collaborate even if they are working outside the walls of the office or the job site.
Many construction firms will need employees at the job site even in the event of a disaster or harsh weather. These incidents can often cause worse traffic than normal during rush hour. Disaster recovery plans that give employees the option of coming in and working at any time will not only be of help to the company, but allow staff members to save time on their commute and come in at a time that is convenient for them.
Employees will be more willing to help
Members of construction firms often see their job site as more than just where they work, and in the event of a disaster, they want to come in and see what they can salvage within the project. Workers will be more willing to help out on their off time if they are able to work from home or during the hours that are convenient for them. Construction business managers should see it as "I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine."