Remote work is no longer acceptable

Remote work is no longer acceptable

Is your construction company more like a software company like Google or Meta, or a high-tech manufacturer like Tesla?

It’s closer to Tesla in that it requires software and hands-on labor.

Humans and machines.

Virtual planning, and physical execution.

Elon Musk, in a couple of emails, recently threw down the gauntlet on Remote Work:
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week.”


Elon Musk on Remote Work


The email continues:
“The office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”

Obviously, your field guys have to be on-site when they are building a project.

But what about your PMs and Executives?

Are they spending enough time at the job site?

Elon goes on:
“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence.”

If you’ve allowed your PMs and Executives to work more remotely than in person, what has been the profit impact?

How much rework or schedule overruns could have been avoided if they were present?

We’ve moved from pandemic to endemic.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to give your PMs and Executives a nudge, and insist on their active, on-site involvement in every project they are responsible for.

What are your thoughts on remote work in construction?