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Give New Pipelayers a Map to Growth

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Being a pipelayer is about so much more than putting long, cylindrical material in the ground; it’s about your connection to the people working next to you—and being there for them—day after day. A healthy work culture is the most important part of a healthy work environment, and a healthy work environment is key to workplace engagement.

Culture is the key to engagement

Any business owner knows that employees don’t all start with the same level of engagement, and that’s okay. Part of your job is to create a culture that not only invites people to engage in the work, it shows them exactly how to do so.

According to a recent Gallup poll, engagement is more than a nice thing to have—it’s the soundest business strategy you can invest in. Engaged employees are like treasure hunters, and all they need is a map.

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“Simply put, engaged employees produce better business outcomes than other employees do -- across industries, company sizes, and nationalities, and in good economic times and bad.”1

Not only do engaged team members produce better outcomes, but they also show up more often and stay longer. Highly engaged workers were absent 41% less of the time and saw a 17% increase in production. Add to that a 24% reduction in turnover, and creating engagement becomes a serious must-do.2

Engagement is more than “nice to have.” It’s a solid business strategy.

One of the biggest ways you can engage new hires is by providing training and development for them. When you have someone coming on board who doesn’t know their way around a job site, it’s crucial that they be given the opportunity to learn about their new environment without feeling stupid, and that’s where BuildWitt Training comes in.

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Good leaders radiate positivity

While training is good for you because it frees your senior people to work, provides consistent learning opportunities, and helps new crew members get up to speed, it’s even better for the team’s morale— and we’re not just talking about the new people. 

Offering new employees the chance to immediately train for the role of pipelayer says, “you’re an important part of our team; you belong here and we care about your well-being.” That vote of confidence creates an upbeat, optimistic attitude in employees.

And that positive workplace culture will, over time, improve teamwork, elevate loyalty, and reduce stress in employees.

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Where does such a culture begin? You guessed it: at the top.3 It all starts with what you and your leaders do, so offering training at the outset is a huge step toward fostering great culture throughout your company.

Trained employees are safer employees

A healthy culture can often be thought of as something immaterial, but healthy workplace culture very directly affects your pipe crews. When you start to realize the relationship between offering training to your employees and employee engagement, the picture becomes clearer.

Feeling safe in the workplace encourages innovation.

Offering good training from the outset communicates your investment and engagement in your team, including the pipelayers. In response, even your newest pipelayers will engage more in their work and with their teammates. And engaging in their work means they pay more attention to safety protocols.4

A culture of safety can be described as one in which “leaders are inclusive, humble, and encourage their staff to speak up or ask for help”…Rather than creating a culture of fear of negative consequences, feeling safe in the workplace helps encourage the spirit of experimentation so critical for innovation.5

Having a clear path to growth inspires people

Engagement and growth are inseparable, so it’s wise to offer your employees a map to growth. As a leading professional, you may not realize how much of your learning has taken place at work. Whether it was on-the-job shadowing, or working with a mentor, your path to where you currently are is directly correlated to the training you received, even if you didn’t know you were learning at the time.

A recent LinkedIn study speaks to the incredible importance learning and growth have toward loyalty and job tenure. Perception of growth is of primary importance when it comes to engagement—your greatest business strategy. According to this study, the most important 3 aspects of work according to employees are 1) the work itself 2) the opportunity to grow, and 3) the culture of the workplace.6

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Learning is vital, so training is the obvious choice. Provide new people with the opportunity to grow from the outset, so you can give them a big reason to invest and engage. It’s another way to show your people how much they matter. As a result, your productivity, the health of your workplace culture, and your bottom line will reach new levels.

Want to see more of BuildWitt’s people-centered training? Check out our Operator Role training.

Give your team members a clear path to succeed and watch them grow.