We are now about halfway through the first week with Corona and related closure of schools, shops, bars, etc.
It has been quite a tough period that started at the weekend with the first Polish employees going home because they were worried about whether the border would be completely closed down and, not least, to get home before everyone who came home would be quarantined.
Fortunately, the borders are still open, so we are seeing that some of the Polish employees who went home have already come back to get to work.
In addition, there are some tasks that unfortunately are not possible to perform, which are mainly service tasks in private homes.
Construction sites continue almost normally, but it is clear that there has been some redeployment of employees in relation to who has gone home and who has stayed.
Painters are one of the places we lack employees because many have gone home.
As far as electricians are concerned, we have some that have gone home, and we would like to replace them at the customers.
Viktech Anlæg runs almost normally. Here we can continue virtually all excavation work. Some people have gone back to Poland, but we have been able to swap some employees a little around, so everything will work out anyway and we can keep to our time schedules of our customers.
So, all in all, peace in these troubled times is settling in and we are starting to have more peace of mind.
We have assignments for the employees who call us and want to get back to work.
In general, however, it is doubtful whether Denmark and Europe will get up to the same speed again in 2020 and therefore we should probably expect that almost all companies will cut back a little and that many construction projects and service tasks will be postponed and perhaps put completely at a standstill in 2020.
We are already seeing companies start terminating people in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Sweden and Norway, so there is no doubt that it will be a huge job to reconstruct companies again after Corona.
At Viktech, we are already aware of tasks that are not coming back and we are therefore spending all our time right now to get new tasks in for our employees.
Right now we can find work and projects for everyone who comes back, and we do everything we can to continue with that, but an expected increase in unemployment in the construction industry can create challenges in 2020 and it is exactly the same picture we hear from our customers and competitors.
It is therefore important that everyone quickly calls the office when they know when they want to go back to work. This way we can be at the forefront of finding projects for everyone.
We will continuously send out news to all our employees so that we keep you informed in the best possible way.