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RESCON best practices guide outlines how to build a positive work culture onsite

RESCON best practices guide outlines how to build a positive work culture onsite

VAUGHAN, ONT. — A new best practices guide, Building a Positive Working Culture On-Site, released recently by the Residential Construction Council of Ontario provides tips and strategies to improve satisfaction of employees and boost productivity.

The nine-page guide outlines the strategic advantages of promoting a positive workplace culture and provides tactics on how to lay the foundations for change by cultivating conflict resolution skills, addressing contentious topics, creating buy-in and facilitating open communication spaces.

It also offers tips for toolbox talks and what to do before, during and after a talk.

The guide shares where employers can find tools and materials to help with the process such as the RESCON Care Committee, IHSA toolbox talks and the Canadian Construction Association call to action.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), employers are legally required to have a policy that addresses workplace violence and harassment and conduct an annual review of the document.

In instances of workplace harassment at sites, work-related events, or within the workplace, employers, supervisors and workers can be held accountable under the OHSA and human rights code.

Research has shown investing in a positive workplace culture with a supportive and inclusive environment boosts employee morale and productivity and overall job satisfaction.

“Construction employers and other industry stakeholders have a moral obligation to cultivate a positive and collaborative workplace culture as well as a legal responsibility to safeguard workers from acts of racism, harassment and violence in the workplace,” explains RESCON president Richard Lyall in a statement. “This best practice guide will help them understand why it is critical to have a corporate environment where teamwork, safety and efficiency are paramount, and how it can benefit them both from a safety perspective and financially.”

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