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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... »

Overlooked Essentials for Employee Well-Being: Job Control

Overlooked Essentials for Employee Well-Being: Job Control

Studies going back decades have shown that job control, i.e. the number of discretion employees must determine what they do and how they do it—has a major impact on their physical health. Recent research also indicates that limited job control has ill effects that extend beyond the physical, imposing a burden on employees’ mental health, too. Organisations can guard against these dangers by creati... »

5 Best Practices to Address Mental Health in Construction

5 Best Practices to Address Mental Health in Construction

Various factors can influence the wellbeing of professionals in the construction and built environment industry, from employment conditions and hazardous sites to lack of support and direction. Below are a few strategies to improve mental health in the workplace. 1. Reducing exposure to harmful exposures in the workplace Harmful exposures in the workplace can be ergonomic, physical, chemical, or p... »

STUDY: Drugs and Sleep, factors in the Mental Health of Construction Professionals

STUDY: Drugs and Sleep, factors in the Mental Health of Construction Professionals

Alcohol and drug use   The use of alcohol and drugs heighten pre-existing vulnerabilities towards mental illnesses and suicide. As such, more construction workers dying from suicide report alcohol-related problems than the general population (23.4% vs 17.4%, respectively; though noting that these differences were not significant), particularly among the 15 to 24-year age group.  Men may also use a... »

STUDY: Construction Professionals Unlikely to Seek Mental Health Assistance

STUDY: Construction Professionals Unlikely to Seek Mental Health Assistance

The ability to seek help for a mental health problem is a key step towards recovery. Despite this fact, the majority of those people who suffer from common mental disorders do not seek treatment from a qualified health professional. Males, in particular, are less likely to seek help for a mental health problem.  There are a number of factors thought to be underpinning the lack of help-seeking amon... »

STUDY: Relationships Influence the Mental Wellbeing of Construction Professionals

STUDY: Relationships Influence the Mental Wellbeing of Construction Professionals

Strong relationships with an intimate partner, family member, and friends can buffer people against mental health problems. If these people do develop mental health problems, they are more likely to recover quickly.  There has also been considerable research to show that being divorced, widowed, or separated represent risk factors for male (and female) suicide. These risk factors are important con... »

Study: Employment Conditions Influence the Mental Wellbeing of Construction Professionals

Study: Employment Conditions Influence the Mental Wellbeing of Construction Professionals

Work can provide a number of tangible benefits to the mental health of an individual. Aside from providing income, the latent benefits associated with employment include providing a way for people to work towards a common goal (goal direction) and a sense of structure. Other elements that are critical to understanding the importance of employment to mental health include the provision of social co... »

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