Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Value of Sound Environmental and Health Programs


As Hill & Wilkinson has grown, we have formalized, changed and created our company-wide processes, procedures and programs related to employee health.

What used to be a matter of providing medical insurance and other employee health benefits has become part of a much larger corporate culture that values a safe, clean and healthy work environment for all of our employees and company stakeholders.

Over the years, we have introduced wellness programs that are more proactive and help prevent serious health issues before they occur.  In 2008, we established our Wellness at Work program, and the results have been outstanding in increasing employee morale and productivity, and in preventing illness.

We believe that our health and safety programs are appreciated by our employees. We have also been recognized as one the Healthiest Employers in this region and as one of the Best Places to Work or Top 100 Places to Work.

Managing effective environmental, health and safety programs is a critical component of operating a sustainable, productive and profitable business.  We continue to seek innovative and integrated solutions that provide value and motivation to our employees in the field and the home office.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Environment & Safety: Measuring Return on Investment

According to the American Society of Safety Engineers in the book, Measuring ROI in Environment, Health and Safety, there are four ways to motivate employees about the environment, their health and their safety:

  1. Maintain a positive public image - Employers want their employees, customers, and other business peers to view them as environmentally friendly, health conscious, and safety-minded.
  2. Comply with regulations, laws and standards, and go above and beyond what is required.
  3. Save money - Often, the cost of environmental, health and safety programs is a major concern in adopting and maintaining them.  However, when properly implemented, these programs can deliver significant savings and improvements companywide.
  4. Achieve positive employee satisfaction - Employees prefer to work for companies that protect the environment, improve their health and promote wellness, and provide safe and comfortable workplaces.  These benefits help to retain and attract new employees.
At Hill and Wilkinson, we have achieved all of the above: employee satisfaction, cost-savings, compliance and a great public image because we care about being good stewards.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Value of Environmental Programs to Business Success

Environment: On being good corporate stewards

Being a good steward of the environment matters when it comes to a company’s culture and governance. The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) is the largest professional community for corporate environmental, health and safety, and sustainability decision-makers.  They represent more than 800 national and multi-national companies, including the majority of the Fortune 500 companies.

According to NAEM, environmental management involves:
  • creating a systematic approach to managing waste,
  • complying with environmental regulations, or
  • reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
In addition, successful Environmental, Health and Safety programs include:
·         measures to address ergonomics,
·         systems to improve air quality, and
·         processes that promote workplace safety while addressing numerous items that could affect the health and well-being of employees.

Changing behavior can take time and, even, generations to make progress.  But we are constantly exploring ways to improve Hill & Wilkinson’s organizational processes to achieve success through our environmental, health and safety programs.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Safety Equals Value

Safety is one of our seven core values at Hill & Wilkinson.  We have a simple but  important way of valuing safety as stated in our goal to “maintain a work environment that is clean, safe, and productive.” And we take this goal very seriously.

Hill & Wilkinson’s success is directly related to the commitment our people place on safety and we are thankful for the many awards and benefits that have resulted, such as: lower insurance premiums and rates, recognition by owners and insurance carriers, improved worker morale, higher productivity and quality results, and the ability to build long term relationships with our valued clients. 

We have also created a company-wide safety culture that supports on-the-job safety as contributing to a positive bottom line because we know that safe run job-sites:

  •             are valued by our clients,
  •        improve quality on the job,
  •        improve company performance,
  •        lead to high employee productivity and morale,
  •        reflect a solid corporate image,
  •        are a benefit to people, 
  •        and to property and the environment.

We are not just content with the safety measures of the present; we are constantly focused on training, and embracing  new technologies and practices that we know will have a direct positive impact on all those involved in our operations.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Celebrating the Value of Safety to Business Success

U. S. Industry Safety Week, which occurred earlier this spring, offers an opportunity for those of us in the construction industry to reflect on the value of safety to our people, our clients and those in our community. I also believe that our safety, health and environmental programs have been vital to our business success at Hill & Wilkinson.

For those of you who may be unaware of this annual event, Safety Week is organized by more than 40 national and global construction firms comprised of The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum who have joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.  www.safetyweek2015.com
 
The construction industry is highly fragmented and competitive; however, this group of industry leaders hits the nail on the head and says it all in its tagline – “Many Roles, One Goal – Building Safety Together!”  And with that tagline, we are all called to action.

Safety and risk management programs are integral to any company’s success, and, particularly, companies in the construction industry.  Construction work has a reputation for being a dangerous profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics often ranks “construction laborer” as one of the “most dangerous jobs” in America, based on fatalities and injuries on the job. 

For those companies that wish to excel in our industry, safety must become part of the organization’s culture.  It is our duty as responsible leaders to expect nothing less than creating a culture that makes the safety of the workforce an uncompromising industry value.

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Building healthcare facilities is good for building business


At Hill & Wilkinson, we are particularly drawn to improving upon our healthcare building expertise not only because we recognize what construction opportunities lie ahead, but because health and wellness are a big part of our corporate culture.

We have been serving clients in the healthcare market since our origins in 1968.  Today, building new or renovating healthcare facilities represents a significant portion of Hill & Wilkinson’s annual revenues, and we are proud of our participation in serving this vital and vibrant marketplace.

Over the years, we have gained significant expertise in delivering quality healthcare facilities on time and on budget. In looking ahead, we are encouraged by the momentum in this sector and anticipate long-term growth and opportunity as a general contractor serving this market.
 
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Five trends gaining traction in healthcare construction


According to results from the Health Facilities Management/American Society for Healthcare Engineering 2015 Hospital Construction Survey of hospital and health systems executives, some of the following trends were highlighted:
  1. A majority of respondents indicated they would be repurposing existing space or moving services off campus/hospital and into their communities;
  2. Respondents indicated that the top repurposing projects included outpatient facilities.  These include surgical centers, urgent care facilities, imaging and lab centers, freestanding emergency departments, among others, reflecting a move toward ambulatory and community-based healthcare along with medical office space;
  3. A significant number of respondents expected to see more technology deployed at the bedside and point-of-care along with a refocusing on patient room care using Lean initiatives to improve outcomes and efficiencies, and an increase in deployment of  building automation and control systems technologies;
  4.  Respondents reflected an increasing adoption and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems in construction project management and facilities management operations; and
  5. Designers, builders and facilities managers put an increasing focus on infrastructure systems to provide energy efficiency and reduce building lifecycle costs.