A large and growing number of businesses across America and the world have let non-essential employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Others have shut down operations altogether and furloughed their workers. A record 6.6 million people in the United States filed for unemployment in the first week of April.
Utilities are one industry that can’t let many of its staff work from home. People have to remain onsite to ensure essential services to customers, even if it means putting them at risk of infection. Equipment has to stay in operation. Assets must be maintained in peak working condition to provide essential utility services to health workers and millions of workers working from home. This isn’t simply because a utility needs to bring in revenues or maximize shareholder value, but also because a utility has an obligation to the public at large.
This whitepaper explores the challenges of utility maintenance productivity and safety in today’s COVID-19-changed world. It will also introduce steps maintenance managers can take to overcome these challenges, especially by embracing mobile first digital transformation technologies.
Key takeaways from this whitepaper:
- The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global utility industry
- Best practices to implement social distancing in utilities to minimize product disruptions
- Digital transformation and mobile-first technologies to strengthen utilities resilience