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Here’s a new twist on the Covid-19 dilemma


April 8, 2020
By Rob Blackstien

Last week, Ben Polley provided us with an insightful update on the Covid-19 situation.

In response, Steve Cassidy offered up this juicy dilemma:

Here’s a new twist for you. About 40 per cent of our staff have decided to stay at home for health reasons or to look after children, etc. We have several construction projects underway and deadlines to meet so I now have to go to the street to find replacement workers. The dilemma is what do I do with these guys who have stepped up to get us out of a bind, when and if our regular employees decide to come back to work?

It’s a great question, isn’t it? Contractor Nation, please help Steve figure out what to do in this situation.


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  1. Marten Burghgraef says:

    Not sure what deadlines you have or what you are working on. It is almost impossible to get material. Most people can accept a delay in their job. Everyone is in the same boat. Guys that are stepping up, I guess it depends on how good they are. Could keep them I guess. The workload will pick up again. They do have to understand that their job is a temporary one though and could be done when the work is done.

    Although, I have turned down some work right now. I don’t want to risk my health or anyone in my family. This is not about me, my job, or my family. We are part of a bigger picture and need to keep that in mind.

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