I felt bad making my hardworking men and women drive around in summer heat with dodgy air conditioning systems inside the trucks and vans.
Despite the lockdowns, my company saw an increase in work over the past 12 months. I am a residential and commercial building contractor, which essentially means that we build houses and businesses. Although there was a dip on homes being built during the pandemic, we managed to shift our focus to essential businesses and government contracts. For instance, we started contracting jobs to build on site COVID testing facilities. Sometimes this was as simple as adding a small building to a county hospital, or making renovations or extensions inside. Some of our biggest contracts of 2020 came from making COVID wards for a number of state and county hospitals in the surrounding area. Now that we’re into 2021, we’re seeing an increase in home sales compared to the year before. Between our residential and commercial contracts, we’re barely keeping up with demand. That’s why I had all of the work trucks for my company fixed over the past month so there aren’t unexpected breakdowns. Part of the vehicle repairs came in upgrading the air conditioning systems inside. I felt bad making my hardworking men and women drive around in summer heat with dodgy air conditioning systems inside the trucks and vans. Although it won’t be a cheap investment, I genuinely believe that it’s the right one to make at the immediate moment. I don’t want a new employee quitting the job after their training simply because the work trucks have poor heating and cooling inside. I want everyone on my team to feel comfortable and at ease whenever they’re safely packed into the vehicles in my fleet. This is essential to a successful business.