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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... »

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... »

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