Covid-19 presents enormous challenges for construction companies, but the virus will also enhance site safety, accelerate digital disruption and mobilise modular, says Taylor Construction’s managing director Mark Taylor.

While leaders grapple with business continuity and prioritise the health and safety of employees, Taylor is optimistic that “better ways of working” will emerge from the crisis.

The most obvious is an elevated focus on health and wellness on construction sites.

“Construction has always been reliant on people. We have learned about the vulnerability of people – and how to better protect them. While Covid-19 safety measures may slow down some procedures, safe and healthy workforces are more efficient and productive. In the future, people will be less likely to come to work when they are sick,” Taylor explains.

The crisis has also emphasised the importance of mentally healthy workplaces. Taylor points to Safe Work Australia research which finds poor psychological safety is responsible for around $6 billion in lost productivity each year.

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