President of The Smith Consulting Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Juli Smith, Featured in Engineering News-Record, Construction’s Human Resources Specialists Become Key Agents of Change

By: Jim Parsons

Plano, TX 9/29/2020

Six months after the coronavirus pandemic first shuttered offices across the U.S., contractors and design firms have, for the most part, settled into the “new normal.”

With distancing and other safety protocols implemented at jobsites, some firms have returned to pre-closure work routines, albeit in reconfigured office layouts with limited occupancy and mandates for masks and sanitizing surfaces. Others have maintained remote working practices for most staff.

At small and midsized contractors, HR leaders tackled fast-paced operational pivots with fewer resources. “Overnight, they had to become bereavement counselors, experts in infectious diseases and the law, and IT technicians, all on top of their existing responsibilities,” says HR consultant-executive recruiter Juli Smith.

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