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May 31, 2018
Absher Construction Co.
Absher Construction Co. is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. The company currently has 316 employees representing six different cultures, and includes 92 minority and 42 female team members.
Absher strives to hire employees from a cross-section of the community, and minorities and women are represented in management, administrative and trades personnel. Ways in which Absher recruits a diverse workforce include connecting with potential job candidates through organizations such as Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education, the Tribal Employment Rights Office, Seattle Vocational Institute, and Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women.
The company also offers employees referral bonuses. Absher was the first prime contractor to advocate for “direct entry,” opening apprenticeship opportunities to underutilized demographics. As part of its corporate commitment to diversity, all Absher employees are required to complete commitment to respectful relationships/anti-harassment training annually to help define expectations for positive and respectful relationships.
Absher’s Advanced Leadership Forum also facilitates workshops like Managing in a Multicultural Environment and Hiring and Interviewing Skills to train next-generation leaders on how to create an inclusive workplace.
Absher also has a long history of supporting small-business contracting, averaging 33 percent small-business utilization across all of their projects. In the past five years, the company has exceeded MWBE goals on more than $235 million of construction.