How Inclusion Improves Safety and Increases Profits

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How Inclusion Improves Safety and Increases Profits

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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By | 2020-09-14T17:02:05-04:00 September 15th, 2020|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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