We have asked the experienced Alfix employee (skilled bricklayer and tile fixer) about his working life during the corona pandemic:
How would you briefly describe the last year in terms of work?
When corona hit the country in March last year, everybody in the building trade got extremely busy. We got many calls from our builders' merchant customers as many of their customers were sent home, and luckily many of the home send chose to renovate and refurbish their homes, which gave us a lot of work. The retailers introduced several understandable restrictions, and these restrictions prevented us from visiting them – they focused on their own customers. And hence, work routines changed for us suppliers. We visited and still visit building sites as often as possible and requested, just as we are at disposal when projects should be facilitated or commenced.
Which part of your job has been the most difficult?
Definitely that it has been impossible to visit our many good customers and thereby uphold daily talks and maintain relations. I miss the close and regular contact with the customers.
Which part would you describe as being positive?
That many tasks can be solved by phone or pc. Teams meetings will become a natural part of work life, I think. Much can be discussed and decided effectively during a couple of on-line hours and so eliminate the need for internal meetings involving a long drive to the company premises in Kolding.
Could you suggest any corona-conditioned changes that you would like to uphold when work life hopefully turn more normal at some future time?
Definitely Teams meetings. I have been teaching vocational schools over Teams and in spite of my limited IT-means, on-line lecturing has been a success beyond expectation. But I would, nevertheless, prefer to meet with customers and craftsmen face-to-face as soon as possible. Physical appearance adds a dynamic dimension.
What do you look forward to with a view to the trade and your work for Alfix?
Denmark re-opening! I look forward to the returning of daily life so that I may again visit customers – see my many colleagues – and uphold and expand the contact to our builders' merchants and craftsmen.