Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, companies throughout the U.S. have implemented hybrid working models—part in-person and part remote. New data shows the construction industry also has been adopting this trend, according to www.constructiondive.com.
Construction tech company OpenSpace surveyed its customers about their working models and found before the pandemic, 52% of respondents said their field teams had never worked remotely; now, 92% say they will allow occasional or frequent remote work. Additionally, 95% noted technology was very or critically important in their decision to continue allowing remote work.
Eighty percent of respondents—which included general contractors, subcontractors and developers—say they were just as productive or more productive when working remotely. Many companies reported seeing various benefits by adopting a hybrid work model for field teams, including saving time and money by decreasing travel to and from sites (72%); improving work-life balance (72%); and allowing teams to put their best people on more jobs than typically would be possible, likely because of reduced travel times (20%).