Construction HR now available
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 29, 2019 - People in Business

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Construction companies in the southern Interior now have someone to help them address diversity and harassment issues on work sites.

The province’s newest builders code advisor, Diane Jolicoeur, was introduced to employers on Monday morning during a breakfast at Kelowna’s Okanagan College. The event, which was part of BC Construction Month activities, informed employers that they can turn to Jolicoeur for human resources issues.

It’s all being done in an effort to support workers on construction sites and improve retention numbers.

“As a partner in the Builders Code and a strong supporter of its goals to increase the retention of tradeswomen, and all apprentices, by eliminating hazing, harassment and bullying on B.C. work sites, the Southern Interior Construction Association is very pleased to introduce Diane to our membership,” SICA CEO Jason Henderson said in a press release. “Our employers in the southern Interior recognize that by setting a standard code of conduct for construction worksites, the Builders Code will help them increase safety and productivity at their sites.

“Attracting and retaining employees, especially tradeswomen, is a key issue throughout our region and industry, so it’s a definite benefit for our members to have access to a skilled HR professional that can help them develop and implement HR policies and address work-site issues before they escalate.”

Since more than 23,000 construction companies across the province have 20 or fewer employees, few have HR departments. Jolicoeur can provide assistance to those companies who don’t have an HR employee but need an issue settled. Jolicoeur is a Kelowna-based certified professional coach and consultant in career transition and displacement. She is also an advisor for Okanagan College’s Women in Trades Training program.

“I look forward to supporting construction employers in the southern Interior region to modernize the industry culture,” Jolicoeur said. “My philosophy is to empower people to come to their own decisions, and my approach is to provide expertise and advice without judgment.”

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