-Too many construction companies, especially roofing contractors, treat their employees like a number, using loopholes in the ESA (Employment Standards Act) to require longer working hours, leaving the worker with precious little family time, a social life, or time to simply recharge.
-Many single-trade contractors only do one or two types of work with little or no opportunity for self improvement or advancement in the company.
-Supervisors and foremen in construction companies is often who knows the most or who has been there the longest, NOT who is the best leader. FACT: 75% of people who voluntarily leave their job do so because of their manager or supervisor and NOT the job itself.
-These same companies often do not have written safety policies and procedures, leaving workers and management vulnerable to hefty safety fines, serious injury, or worse. FACT: Only 1 in 5 new workers in North America receive safety training.
-As many as 70% of Ontario workers in lower paying or entry level jobs don't have health or dental benefits (Toronto Star, 02/17/15)
All this leads to can lead to stress and frustration. No wonder young workers don't want to join the trades!
At this point there should be a clean break between the problem and the solution, declaring something like "Sound familiar?" or "OK, so what does a great company look like?" Use these or be creative and pitch me your own catchy phrase.
Below this, I'm thinking of using a comparison chart or flow chart of some sort comparing a great company to an average or not-so-great company. The titles could even be "Great Company" and "Average Company" or "Great Company" and "Not-so-great Company".
The rows of the "Great Company" column (or however you arrange it) will have all the solutions to the problems and the "Not-so-great Company" columns will have the problems listed.
A great company (Column1):
1) Family oriented, team oriented. Has a clear set of values. Treats you like a person and respects your contribution and input.
2) Value the safety of employees above all else.
3) Provides paid safety and product training both in class and on the job.
4) Has steady work on exciting projects that allow you to expand your skills
5) Pays well, has a great health benefits package, and offers continuous opportunities for advancement and raises. A great company will always be looking for ways to help their employees develop personally and professionally.
The corresponding "Average/Not-so-great" Company (column 2)
1) Cares only about it's bottom line. Treats you like a number
2) Doesn't talk about, train or practice safety.
3) Throws you into the mix and expects you to figure it out.
4) Does the same type of work over and over again. No opportunity for growth.
5) Pay is low to average, no benefits, not interested in helping you grow.
The bottom of the infographic could be the end of the comparison flow or I'm open to ideas. Maybe something thought provoking like "So who are you working for?"