Good construction leaders are always searching for new ways to improve safety and increase profits. There is a strong connection between promoting inclusive and diverse work environments and improved safety, productivity, and profits. Unfortunately, a recent Construction Dive survey showed that most construction workers have witnessed at least one racist incident while on a job site. Construction recruiters are dedicated to helping the industry overcome racism and bias because we know that it can improve safety and profits for workers and construction firms.
Boosts Employee Retention
Companies that are known for being inclusive not only attract the most talented candidates on the market, they also have much better employee retention rates than organizations that are less inclusive. From paying severance packages to lost productivity, turnover expenses like this that are repeated over and over again can be destructive to any firm. Employees are more willing to stay with inclusive organizations because they feel more comfortable working there, have better relationships with coworkers, and have a stronger sense of belonging.
Produces More Revenue
Hiring a diverse workforce has its own set of benefits that lead to more revenue. First, it expands creativity and problem solving among employees. Inclusive companies also enjoy better decision making because they have employees with broader backgrounds and different experiences. Promoting a diverse workforce leads to a better reputation and new customers, markets, and access to talent.
Boosts Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
It’s important for construction leaders to have a proactive approach to inclusion to ensure workers feel safe both mentally and physically on job sites. Some owners have even resorted to closing down job sites and opening an investigation to take a strong stand against racism. Here are some other steps that you can take to improve workplace inclusiveness:
- Hold mandatory on site anti bias training to employees.
- Hire more from underrepresented groups.
- Hire professionals from a range of industry backgrounds.
- Focus more on gender balance in the workplace.
- Create a zero-tolerance racism policy.
- Examine the language you use with employees.
- Consider your job descriptions – do they reflect inherent bias?
Although police continue to investigate incidents of racism at job sites around the country, employers really need to invest more time and resources toward addressing the complaints and reprimanding those responsible. It doesn’t take owners long to realize that the returns from promoting inclusion are significant.
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