COVID-19’s impact on construction resource planning

COVID-19’s impact on construction resource planning


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The COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe is having a major impact on the way work is being done. While many industries have asked employees to work from home, or have shut down completely for the foreseeable future, the construction industry persists in most locations as an essential service – see the ENR guide to state by state construction status. The team at Bridgit strives to reflect the drive and work ethic of our customers and though we are doing our part to help flatten the curve by working remotely, our team also aims – like the construction industry, to persist through these uncertain times.

We are seeing higher than ever usage rates with general contractors across North America using Bridgit Bench in response to the pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 is causing general contractors to increase their use of the tool in the following areas:

  • Re-allocating their workforce 

  • Creating custom people fields to track presumed cases and travel history

  • Creating custom project fields to track emergency projects, projects that are on hold, sites that are considered COVID-19 positive

  • Logging in via web and mobile applications to stay up to date with workforce changes

Here is a full list of features that will help you manage your workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Periods of unavailability for team members

    • Under quarantine

    • Requiring sick leave

  2. Custom people fields to track

    • Travel history

    • COVID-19 positive team members

  3. Custom project fields to track

    • Work status: Emergency work, on hold

    • COVID-19 positive job sites and relevant allocations

  4. Custom project phases

    • For paused projects

  5. Project and allocation date shifting

    • To understand the impact on future projects and allocations

  6. Expanded project gantt

    • For concise screen sharing during remote meetings

If you’re looking for more information about using Bridgit Bench to work remotely, we’ve compiled our resources for remote workforce planning for you to easily access. These resources include:

If you have any questions or concerns about workforce planning during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact our team at Bridgit. It goes without saying in the construction industry, but we’d like to extend our hopes for a safe and healthy spring season. For more information about resource management, check out our guide to construction resource management.

 



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Lauren Lake

Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.


  

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