Combating worksite bullying
Anita Sthankiya - Aug 14, 2019 - Okanagan Biz

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The Southern Interior Construction Association has launched new training for site supervisors, forepersons, and union managers on how best to deal with worksite bullying and harassment.

The training, which supports the construction personnel that work most closely with tradespeople on construction sites, will explore various issues such as how to maintain an acceptable worksite culture and how to best deal with complaints and the people they are reporting.

“We’re pleased to be hosting the first training in B.C. for site supervisors, forepersons and union business managers,” said Henderson. “Our members benefitted greatly from the workshops for company owners, executives and HR managers, with several of them, like Team Construction and CorWest Builders, going on to reinforce their commitment to acceptable worksites by signing the Builders Code Pledge, and other members signing up for additional individual company presentations and workshops.”

Among the benefits employers will see are improved worker retention, safety and productivity, lower costs connected to employee turnover, legal actions, and rehiring.

Among the construction companies that are benefitting from the training and resources provided by the Builders Code is Sierra Landscaping, which operates out of out of Winfield.  

The training workshops were developed by experienced training providers in partnership with project partners including BCCA, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), WorkSafeBC, and the Minerva Foundation of BC, and are free during the pilot phase of the Builders Code. Registration for the workshops will be available through B.C.’s four Regional Construction Associations.

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