As is occurring within several traditionally male-dominated sectors, the number of women in the construction industry is increasing across a range of disciplines – builders, civil contractors, engineers, labourers, project managers, quantity surveyors, architects, lawyers, company managers, board members, and owners. See the National Association of Women in Construction www.nawic.org.nz. The increase in numbers is good news but this alone won’t make the industry a more inclusive workplace for women as there are some hardened attitudes and behaviour.
It will be a grand day when the construction industry (and particularly most of the industry associations) addresses these issues. Even the most cursory research shows that a diverse and inclusive workplace equates to higher levels of innovation, loyalty and performance.
[This post was written by Mary Haggie]