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Time to Engage EMPLOYEES LISTEN WHEN EMPLOYERS TALK POLITICS If you turn on the radio, read the daily paper, or watch the nightly news, you'll undoubtedly hear talk of next year's election campaign. For many voters, November 2016 is light years away - there's work to be done, problems to solve, life to live - but Congress will be in recess soon and lawmakers will head home - a prime time for constituents to kick the grassroots effort into high gear. See our infographic on Pages 58-59 highlighting the importance of employer-employee engagement. Grassroots advocacy - a term bandied about frequently but rarely defined - involves citizens raising awareness on certain issues and taking an active approach regarding their elected officials. Letter writing, attending town hall meetings and encouraging others to register to vote are just a few examples. For some citizens, however, taking that first step can be the hardest part. Unsure of where to start, how to help, and what the issues are, voters often need guidance. A recent, nationwide survey of more than 1,600 registered voters found that employers are now playing a bigger role in disseminating reliable information on issues and elections to their employees. That's right - employers like AGC member companies. The survey, conducted by Moore Information and sponsored by the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), found that employees who received information from their employer were more inclined to head to the polls, learn more about an issue, and contact their legislator. In fact, 31 percent of respondents cited their employer as the most credible source, ranking higher than political parties, labor unions, and news/media. "The research shows that more and more private sector employees not only @Constr uctor Ma g want information on public policy that affects their job, company and industry," says BIPAC President Greg Casey, "they are more engaged citizens both before and on Election Day as well." Yet, an astounding 63 percent reported they did not receive any information about politics and public policy as it relates to workplace issues from their employer. Here's where you, as employers, can turn up the grassroots volume. THIS WAY TO EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT There are several ways to light that political fire. Invite employees to a company roundtable. As the survey suggests, workers consider their employers a trusted source for information on candidates, elections and business issues. What better place for voter education than the workplace? As long as you do not specifically endorse a candidate, there is no limit on the amount of company resources you can use to educate your employees in the political arena. Host a Meet & Greet with a candidate or current legislator. A perfect opportunity to develop relationships and discuss issues with current or potential policymakers, a meet & greet also provides the candidate with a forum to increase his or her visibility. Invite a candidate to tour a jobsite. Onsite visits from a candidate or legislator demonstrate firsthand how your processes relate to legislative issues and give you the chance to show off your company's environmental, safety, and workplace standards. Visit ConstructionVotes. com an AGC resource that assists in voter registration, directs users to polling places and educates them on pertinent issues. Forward AGC legislative and regulatory action alerts. Be sure you are set to receive AGC of America's legislative and regulatory action alerts. As notices arrive in your inbox, consider the implications of the proposed laws or rules on your business and employees. Then, spread the word to your staff members. Register employees to vote. Voter registration initiatives can involve a number of activities: generating and distributing flyers, including registration materials in employee packets, tweeting or posting messages on your company's Facebook page about important voter registration dates. Conduct a Get-Out-the-Vote drive. People fail to vote for a lot of reasons. No matter how well a company educates its employees, the effort won't count if they don't vote. Remind them about upcoming election days by setting up a call bank or hanging posters in lunchrooms or other public areas. The summer Congressional recess takes place August through Labor Day and lawmakers will head to their home districts. Now is the time to reach out, start building those relationships and make your voice heard. Keeping employees engaged on issues that can impact their jobs - that is, their livelihood - will help them keep their finger on the election pulse come Decision Day. The dialogue between employer and employee is not about political parties or how someone should vote. It's about engaging in the democratic process and making a difference. Start the conversation today. ◆ J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 1 5 | www.constructormagazine.com 57 http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
REBUILDING MOTOR CITY
THE REAL DETROIT
RAISING THE GRADE
FEDCON BRINGS CONTRACTORS AND AGENCY LEADERSHIP TOGETHER
HOOKED UP
2015 WILLIS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
PUTTING MOORE INTO SAFETY
SIMONSON SAYS
THE ROAD TO SAFETY
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY APPS SAVE WORKER LIVES
DEEP SPACE FINE
TIME TO ENGAGE
COORDINATION LEADS TO TRIUMPH
AGC IN ACTION
TREASURE TROVE
A P3 PRIMER
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
THREE MUST HAVES IN A FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
A LABOR OF LOVE
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
BEYOND THESE PAGES
UPCOMING EVENTS
2015 REGIONAL RESOURCE GUIDE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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