6 Business Changes All Contractors and Sub-Trades Need to Consider During COVID-19

As we all know, the construction industry is resilient - it’s in our nature. We deal with unforeseen events daily from delivery delays, last-minute changes in design, to unpredictable weather conditions...and the list goes on. Yet we always find a way to get the job done and right now, during the pandemic, it is no exception. There is no doubt that COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on the construction industry. As businesses that are not listed as an essential service are forced to shut down, those who are still out there working are stepping up and taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their workers. Although workplace safety has always been a top priority, it is now in the spotlight. In this blog post, we summarize five priorities that every construction business in the industry is currently implementing or should be thinking about implementing to keep up with today’s work standards. During the following weeks, we will dive into each one of these priorities in detail and highlight why Level is the perfect tool for you!

(1) COVID-19 is like a bad breakup with your girlfriend or boyfriend... it sucks! But as we all know, the best time to start a new and good habit is after a bad breakup. Like most most of us, you probably find yourself with quite a bit of free time at the moment. Time you wish you had a few weeks ago, while you were thinking I'd really like to try that new thing but I don't have time to learn it. Well, now you have that time and if you're not using it to up your game, you can bet your competitors are. We wanted to make trying new things even easier for you, so we've decided to give Level away for free until August 1st, 2020 (so there's literally no excuse!). With Level you can bet you'll leave that ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend in the dust and take your business to new heights.

(2) The first priority centres on workplace safety and the importance of social distancing. The goal is simple: avoid overcrowding on the job site as much as possible while keeping up productivity. Workers are already skeptical about going to work so the importance of implementing social distancing strategies cannot be overstated. Providing a clear plan of optimizing social distancing at work, such as staggered shifts or defined work stations, will go a long way in instilling confidence in your team and customer. Luckily, social distancing strategies do not need to be complex and we’ll be sharing some great suggestions in the coming weeks. (3) Another effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to minimize the number of in-person meetings required with your crew and customer. With this goal in mind, it may be difficult to imagine how you can effectively manage your jobs. Those of us who work in the industry know that much of the problem solving is done in the field and collecting daily reports, timesheets, and receipts are a staple part of our everyday routine. Optimizing this part of the job is the bread and butter of Level. In an upcoming blog post, we’ll breakdown how Level can simplify and optimize project management while allowing you to work remotely! (4) Complementary to the previous priorities, priority #3 is to keep your job sites safe and sanitized. It is currently a top priority for business owners to maintain a steady supply of PPE and keep sanitation stations stocked to help mitigate the spread of the virus. However, we understand that coordinating orders, arranging deliveries, and tracking inventory may be difficult to add to your continuously growing To-Do List. Along with some helpful tips, Level’s here to lend a hand in keeping your records and inventory organized with our task list feature. (5) Taking remote project management a step further, working with clients remotely is now the reality for contractors. The fourth priority we want to talk about is how to adjust to this new way of doing business. Currently, we rely on regularly scheduled meetings and reports to keep our clients up to date with project progress but what if we can provide our clients and our team with real-time updates? This way team members will be better informed and prepared for work and we can strengthen our client relationship through transparency (all from the comfort of their home). In an upcoming blog post, we’ll share how our app makes this idea a reality and how this form of doing business is likely to stick around long after the pandemic is over. (6) Priorities 1 to 4 will not only help keep your workers safe, but also increase productivity and build long-lasting client relationships. By now you’re probably thinking, Implementing all these priorities is going to take lot of time and effort! This brings us to the fifth priority for contractors: determine the most cost-effective way to implement these changes to your business. For our last deep dive, we’ll show why Level is the right tool for this job. When building Level we challenged ourselves to build something our users could get started on and get results with, in under 10 minutes. So, we modeled Level after the world's most popular apps (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp), making Level one of the quickest and easiest apps to use and deploy.

We're very excited to share and discuss these strategies in detail in the upcoming weeks and look forward to engaging with you to see what your thoughts are. Until then, stay safe and stay tuned!