As reported on CBC News, don’t be a tool — that’s the message a new anti-bullying campaign in B.C.’s construction industry is trying to get across with short animated stories.
“It can help raise some conversation and awareness to this subject of hazing, harassment and bullying on construction work sites or, for that matter, other sectors,” said Chris Atchison, president of the B.C. Construction Association.
The association recently did a year-long research project with Equity Project and found those three behaviours — bullying, hazing and sexual harassment — are a problem in the industry.
“Some of it is rooted in the history the macho-ism,” Atchison told Stephen Quinn, host of CBC’s The Early Edition.
“We’re hoping that we can lead by example and correct some the stigma, some of the reality and some of the perceptions that still exist today.”
The anti-bullying campaign is part of a larger Builders Code initiative to change codes of conduct in construction and improve workplace behaviour.
Roughly 180,000 people work in B.C.’s construction industry.
Less than five per cent are women, though — something the construction association is focused on changing.
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