Fortunately, today’s technology allows for better communication and the ability to work from home. Dixie Mechanical’s office staff, comprised of project managers, drafters, estimators, material coordinators, controllers, accounts payable, and more, have the option of working from home. A handful of employees are doing so while the others are taking advantage of fewer bodies in the workplace. Having some employees work from home allows those remaining in the office to implement the 6-foot rule with fewer complications.
For the past two years, Dixie Mechanical has been implementing its customized Microsoft Office 365 platform, utilizing tools such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, custom Flows, and OneDrive, to name a few. Each job or bid has its own secure SharePoint site that hosts working documents that can be manipulated simultaneously by multiple employees. Drawings, ongoing tasks, relevant information (such as deadlines and changes), and other details are available, allowing for more efficient execution. This has become a crucial aspect of daily operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has allowed Dixie to meet deadlines and deliverables without any of unforeseen interruptions.
Dixie Mechanical’s clients are essential businesses making Dixie essential as well. With that in mind, the team is utilizing these digital platforms and programs to work remotely. “Our clients expect the best, and we aren’t going to let a few obstacles prevent us from keeping our promises,” Killough affirmed. “If anything, we will use this to better understand the challenges that working remotely may present, and how we can continue improving our operations, execution, and project management to continue servicing our clients in the future. We are powering through.”
Dixie Mechanical has taken the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 outbreak and used them as learning opportunities, to act as a stress-test for the company’s digital infrastructure and as an opportunity to flex the company’s collective muscles to deliver on promises to its clients. For more information on Dixie Mechanical or how it plans to #PowerOnTogether through the pandemic, contact Doug Killough ([email protected]) or visit www.dixiemechanical.com/covid19.
The original article can be found online at POWER Magazine.