THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND VALLEY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION

July - August 2024

GVCA DEPARTMENT - Message From the President

DIVERSITY IN
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Jeff MacIntyre

Diversity in the construction industry is crucial to make certain that the workforce is representative of the communities it is creating. I often hear that I try to be more diverse and “I can’t find anyone much less someone that would check any of the diversity boxes”.  The response is simple…look in different places and do things differently.

This industry is male dominated, but the reality is that for the industry to thrive it needs more people specifically a lot more women and members of the 2slgbtqia+ community.  This focus is both because it’s the right thing to do and out of necessity. The opportunities are endless.

There are a multitude of benefits of a diverse workforce in construction including:

  • Improved productivity:A diverse range of workers brings a wider range of skills and experiences to the table, which can lead to innovative solutions and improved problem-solving.
  • A measurably better company culture:When employees feel valued and included, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. People want to work for companies that represent their community.
  • Increased safety:With a workforce representing a wider range of perspectives and experiences, safety hazards are more likely to be identified and addressed before they become a problem.

To promote diversity and inclusion in the construction industry, companies must:

  • Actively recruit from underrepresented groups: Companies should actively seek out a diverse range of candidates for open positions and ensure their job postings are inclusive and welcoming.
  • Provide training and support:Companies can provide training and support to employees from underrepresented groups to help them thrive and advance within the organization.
  • Foster an inclusive culture:Companies must foster a culture of inclusion where all employees feel valued and respected, regardless of their background.

Listening and learning are key. Diversity in the construction industry will happen whether you embrace it or not. It’s a numbers game.  Be more overt as you plan the future of the business. The population will dictate your future.

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