At ICBA this week, we’re looking at organization culture, which is a blend of shared values, beliefs, and standards that determines how we approach our tasks. When a workplace fosters trust, respect, and fairness, we not only feel better mentally and physically but also work better together.

A robust organizational culture ensures:

  1. Accountability for everyone’s actions
  2. Genuine respect for diverse ideas and values
  3. Effective handling of workplace challenges
  4. A sense of belonging and community among employees
  5. Mutual trust between workers and management

But why is this important for construction? Trusting work environments enhance co-operation, boost commitment, and attract the best talents. A positive culture protects our mental health, making us more resilient against challenges like anxiety or stress. However, a negative culture intensifies stress, increases conflicts, and causes people to leave.

It’s easier said than done, but worth the work it takes to build a positive sense of team.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.