Women make up 50 percent of the U.S. labor force but less than 10 percent of the construction industry. March 1 through March 7 is designated as “National Women in Construction Week” to raise awareness of this gap and encourage those recruiting in the industry to research the advantages that women can bring to construction companies.
Construction may be the first industry that comes to mind when thinking of careers that are more male-dominated. For every 100 employees out on the field, one is a woman. Almost 90 percent of women in the industry work in office-related positions. It is projected, however, that in 2022, women will make up almost 50 percent of the industry.
The construction worker shortage has presented an opportunity for more women to be hired while also fixing the issue. Research has also shown that there may be a link between team diversity and higher revenues. So how can you create more inclusiveness in the workplace?
Tips on How to Recruit More Women
In the last five years, companies have been promoting women to leadership positions, and we are seeing more women in executive and construction manager roles. In order to increase recruitment and improve retention at your company, you can do a number of things:
-Develop training programs and local mentorship groups specific to the ne
eds of women
-Include more female team members in the hiring process
-Encourage women to become role models for other women
-Hire and train women in IT departments of construction companies
-Train women on operating heavy equipment to become licensed in all parts of machinery operation
-Create an inclusive job listing
-Offer challenging roles and the potential for growth within the company
Although it can be difficult for women to pursue a career in construction, they have the potential to solve the industry’s labor shortage and create more diversity. With more women striving to level the playing field, the industry is becoming a more inclusive space for future generations.
This week, we would like to send out a special thank you to all of our passionate, hardworking women at G3 Quality. Sharon, featured in the blog photo with our partner R.J. Noble, is one of the many women we are grateful for! To learn more about G3 Quality and our diverse team, click here. For more information on how G3 Quality can contribute knowledge, expertise, consulting, and professional services to your project, contact us!