Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring-Summer 2020

Spring-Summer 2020 49 We are already making plans for the future and have preparations in place for ‘What if ’ scenarios such as a 30% drop in business, or even a 50% drop. We hope it doesn’t come to that, but we have started to make contingency plans across all our business lines. ” CAPA’s RMAEC classrooms re-opened on the 11th May and were able to commence LabCAT training in classes of just 10 attendees. We asked Tom Clayton Director of Training how that was working out “ The RMAEC is open but we are currently restricted in how many people can be in the facility. We have to be conscious of the distancing requirements. We are hoping to get everybody who needs certification in as soon as possible. ” So, overall Colorado has managed to continue working during this pandemic and no one that we spoke to reported a loss of revenue nor any permanent staff members. As we all play a part in the future of Colorado’s economy, we must continue to be vigilant, adapt where necessary, keep safe and help one another as, and when we can. As working from home has been forced upon us all, CPWJ took the opportunity to interview workers across the world in many different job roles to find out how in fact they were coping with this new regime. We spoke to Financial Controllers, Lawyers, Project Managers, Sales Representatives, Marketing Executives, business owners and industry leaders. All of whom who would regularly attend an office, or a building where they would conduct their days work. Suddenly, they were forced to create a place of work in their kitchen, spare bedroom, lounge or dining room. Remotely, they needed to work with no supervision, no colleagues, no printers and more important for some, no Starbucks on their commute. During our survey of over 50 people worldwide we discovered that the vast majority of people interviewed were actually more productive working from home than they were working in an office. They cherished the extra time saved from travelling to spend with their family or to do additional work. The top 5 advantages were: • More productive, as they were able to work with fewer interruptions. • The ability to dress more casually • Quality time with family and their pets • Saving money from commuting • A better work life balance The top 5 disadvantages were: • Lack of human contact, less interaction with coworkers • Difficulties connecting to company networks • Distractions from children and other family members • Feeling of loneliness/depression • No Nespresso machine! We asked all the people surveyed as to whether they would choose to WFH exclusively if they were given the option. 80% said they would like to the flexibility to do so on occasions, but not all the time. Some Team Managers and Supervisors initially questioned their staffs ability to carry out their tasks without being monitored, but soon realised that their employees could be trusted as they saw the output. Those who were juggling childcare appreciated the flexibility to be at home with their children, even if it meant working into the evenings to catch up with their own work once children were in bed. This Pandemic may have shocked us all, but maybe there is some good to come out of it. We are learning more about ourselves, what we are capable of, how we can cope in a crisis and adjust our lives to help others. Never before has the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” used in Britain during World War II, seemed more appropriate. Working from home during lockdown

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