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How to demolish the construction worker suicide epidemic

How to demolish the construction worker suicide epidemic

In a profession where showing your vulnerability could be condemned as a weakness, it easy to see how the country’s construction industry suicide epidemic has multiplied into what could be considered a modern-day behavioral health plague. Known for its “tough guy” façade, men in the construction and related trades are becoming statistics in a pandemic that once silent, is now resonant with alarmin... »

Cultivate Strategic Thinking in Construction

Cultivate Strategic Thinking in Construction

Construction has reached a critical milestone. Over the last 100 years, the pace of change has accelerated exponentially and is now faster than the capacity of organizations to retrieve, deploy and leverage a differentiating advantage for any significant amount of time. In the time it takes most companies to deploy an innovation, a newer one is already available to the market. »

Develop a Culture of Mental Resiliency to Improve Employee Health

Develop a Culture of Mental Resiliency to Improve Employee Health

Mental resiliency is like a mental muscle that helps people bounce back from life stressors. Similar to other muscles, it needs to be kept fit and healthy. Muscles function at their peak when they have been trained to have strength, endurance and flexibility. Mental muscle needs the same. »

5 steps to improve construction ethics

5 steps to improve construction ethics

Ethics are an essential consideration in any industry. Maintaining and monitoring ethics is an important process that starts and stops at the very highest levels of a company. In construction, ethical challenges are multi-faceted, ranging from the need for fair and open estimating bidding before the job starts,  to quality work performance. In the industry, rework is costly, in labour, time and ma... »

Overlooked Essentials for Employee Well-Being – Social Support

Overlooked Essentials for Employee Well-Being – Social Support

If job control is one important aspect of a healthy workplace, social support is another. Research going back to the 1970s consistently demonstrates a connection between social support and health. Having friends protects “your health as much as quitting smoking and a great deal more than exercising,” even though survey evidence suggests that the “number of Americans who say they have no close frie... »