Building inclusive workplaces in construction

Challenge:  A recent survey* showed that construction companies need to do more to create inclusive workplaces where everyone is respected and able to thrive.   

Why tackle the problem?

  • Inhibits health and safety performance and staff wellbeing
  • Impedes talent development, creativity and innovation
  • Creates significant barriers to progression
  • Undervalued staff are unlikely to contribute positively to team working
  • Increased potential for bullying and harassment behaviour which could carry significant costs

First steps to addressing it

Educate senior and middle managers on how to create and maintain an inclusive culture in their teams.   Where diversity is seen as an asset and good business sense – recent McKinsey research revealed that diverse businesses outperform their competitors by up to 35%.     

Our powerful experiential learning programmes, using drama-based training, transforms how people behaviour at work through experience and exploration.

The programmes could include:

  • Why inclusion and diversity is important to everyonemen-in-boots                             Photo: Stonewall                                         
  • Diversity as a health and safety imperative
  • Our individual and collective responsibility to create a respectful, inclusive, fair culture
  • Valuing difference
  • Increase confidence and skills to identify and challenge inappropriate behaviour
  • How language and behaviour impacts on all stakeholders
  • Understand and challenge personal pre-conceptions and stereotypes
  • Ensuring a culture free from bullying, harassment and discrimination

*Construction News October 2016

Inclusive workplaces

Why experiential learning?   

  • Interactivity:   involving participants in a way that classroom training never can
  • Exploring difficult issues:  these can be generic or specific to an organisation/sector
  • A non-threatening, safe environment where delegates reflect on their own and others’ behaviour
  • Engagement of all the senses:  a key advantage over lectures and classroom-based learning
  • Sustained impact on behaviour:  lessons are better learned through experience.  By winning hearts and minds, experiential training is much more likely to have a sustained impact on behaviour, attitudes and performance
  • Cost effective:  drama-based training, combined with other techniques, can deliver a powerful and meaningful experience for large numbers at a time.
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LGBT employees face significant barriers to progression, from bullying and harassment in the workplace to isolation and lack of support from management.

Sarah Foster, Head of Global Workplace Programmes, Stonewall