Supporting well-being in construction through soft skills and hard values

by | Apr 5, 2023

Developing soft skills as tools to navigate the stresses of life is essential to encouraging a positive well-being culture within the construction industry.

To support this, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has launched an e-learning programme as part of its Wellbeing Academy.

“We know that to support a positive well-being culture, we need to develop our workforce’s soft skills to help them negotiate the challenges of everyday life and working in what can be a very stressful environment,” says Sarah Bolton, the charity’s Director of Charitable Services. “We are constantly augmenting our charitable services to ensure that we meet the needs of our workforce.”

Built from the foundations of the Wellbeing Academy, courses include everything from how to resolve conflict to knowing the difference between banter versus bullying.

Focusing, for example, on the five key topics of diversity, tolerance, sensitivity, teasing and self-esteem can help tackle harmful and toxic bullying and understand how to find a solution to resolve workplace issues and disputes.

Managing stress, understanding anxiety and work-life balance are also core themes that can be explored in the e-learning modules where self care and self reflection scenarios focus on how leisure time can be used to effectively restore balance.

A Bang on Budget course will help master money matters and navigate uncertain futures for those concerned about personal finances.

Each of the e-learning modules, accessed from any device at any time, are delivered at two levels, from an introduction at level one to presenting scenarios where learners need to demonstrate their understanding of the subject and apply the skills at level two.

The programme is aimed at everyone from self-employed tradespeople and site operatives to project manages or office
based workers in the sector.

“The very nature of our industry means that fitting a set training schedule around work and home life commitments doesn’t work for everyone and our self paced e-learning addresses that problem,” Bolton adds.

“Studies also show that this style of learning means people are more likely to retain knowledge on new subjects and therefore will feel more confident in applying those skills in real life.

“Everyone will benefit from developing their soft skills and everyone needs to play their part.”

For more details go to www.lighthouseclub.org/wellbeingacademy

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides emotional, physical and financial well-being support to construction workers and their families. It also offers a free and confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and text HARDHAT support service which offers a huge variety of services.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, reach out for free and confidential support now 24/7 on the Construction Industry Helpline: 1800 939 122 or text HARDHAT to 50808

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