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feature

for the Construction
Industry?

M-SUR/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

By Peggy Strange

The construction industry should pay
attention to the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives sweeping the nation.
Recent nationwide media attention on
sexual harassment claims, coupled with
stressful work environments, means construction employers have their share of
workplace issues. However, construction employers have a unique opportunity to make meaningful culture change
happen now.
What can employers do?
* Use this national dialogue to make
your company the employer of choice.
Engage leadership in a discussion about
how and why your organization can benefit
from this movement. If there is ever a time
to demand professionalism in all aspects
of the workplace, from the office to the
field and construction sites, it is now.
* Get out into the field. Cascade down the
message that your organization is focused
on a renewed culture.
* Do not limit #MeToo discussions to
employee-employee interactions.
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Broaden the discussion to include harassment between contractors and subcontractors and general workplace culture.
Use the #MeToo movement to drive
home basic respect and courtesy in
the workplace. Make it clear that if you
raise your voice, you lose the battle. If
you raise your voice or otherwise behave
poorly and someone has it on tape, you
may lose your job.
Lead from the top. Create an environment where employees know that if they
have concerns, those concerns will be
addressed in a respectful and thorough
manner. Do not brush concerns under the
rug. Be a leader in proactive culture setting.
Use this movement to enhance the
customer experience. Taking these
steps to engage your workforce and train
across all levels will enhance the customer
experience and may ultimately lead to
better work product.
Use this movement to enhance the
manager's experience. Strong managers are approachable patient, and good

communicators. Encourage effective,
early performance management so managers free up their time to build a culture
of good performers.
* Retaining the "best of the best" workforce is critical to compete in a very
competitive industry. Top talent on
the job demands a positive workplace
environment.
* Train employees on harassment prevention the same way you train on
safety. Being appropriate in the workplace and avoiding harassment are as
important as being safe. Tailor your training on both of these topics so it is effective and scheduled regularly, especially
for managers who need to know what to
look for, what to do, how to react and how
to lead.
While the laws regarding workplace
harassment have not changed, the sheer
number of those who speak out, the volume with which they do it and the audience
they reach is changed forever. Get ahead of
this movement.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2018

The Next Step in Transportation
Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
2018 Build CT Awards
AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
#TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CAAPA Paving Conference
Ethics and Compliance Summit
Joint Forces Luncheon
CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
Move CT Forward Press Conference
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Intro
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover1
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover2
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 3
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 4
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 5
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 6
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The Next Step in Transportation
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 8
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build CT Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 11
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 17
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 19
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 21
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - #TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 23
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA Paving Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Joint Forces Luncheon
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Move CT Forward Press Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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