Ways you can Contribute to a Culture of CARE
Construction Inclusion Week is here at last, and each day, we'll be sharing ways our job sites, companies, and workplaces can incorporate inclusion, diversity, and equity across the industry. For Day 1: Leadership Commitment & Accountability, we explore Culutre of Care.
A Culture of CARE lays the foundation for what is and is not acceptable behavior on a jobsite. It is up to each of us to acknowledge that everyone on site adds value, deserves respect and has an opportunity to contribute to the work. Creating a Culture of CARE helps everyone feel more comfortable and confident speaking up, sharing new ideas, and working to stop harassment, hazing, bullying, threats and intimidation.
1) Acknowledge differences, with respect. Welcome ideas that are different from your own, and observe diverse traditions, celebrations and holidays from other cultures.
2) Treat people how THEY wish to be treated rather than how YOU wish to be treated. Social activities and practices that are comfortable for you may not be comfortable for others. Get to know your coworkers; ask them about their families, values or hobbies.
3) Speak up and support diversity issues that are not necessarily your own.
4) Understand the diversity you personally bring to the organization. Each of us is different and adds value because of these differences. If you routinely go to the same people for ideas, you aren't necessarily being open to the diversity of thought others provide and may be unintentionally excluding some of your coworkers.
5) Rotate who initiates or leads meetings. Even informal meetings or toolbox talks can be enhanced by a new person's perspective or leadership style.
Inclusion is a feeling of belonging. An inclusive workplace exists when employees are valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate in their organization. People who feel included perform better and have fewer accidents, creating a more productive and safer workplace for everybody.
For more tools and resources on Leadership Commitment & Accountability in regards to Construction Inclusion Week, visit www.constructioninclusionweek.com.