In our recent blog post, Attracting & Retaining Women in the Workforce, we discussed the positive impact female professionals can make upon organizations. They bring intangible skills that promote collaboration, creativity, and adaptability. Thus, recruiting and retaining women at all levels within an organization is essential for a multitude of reasons.
While women represent about 33 – 37% of management, senior management, and director positions in the U.S., these statistics are much lower when looking at the sectors of architecture, engineering, and construction; facilities management; and real estate development. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 9.3% of the construction workforce are women. They represent 24% of facilities management professionals (IFMA) and 36% of those involved in real estate development.
Because women are a small pool in the aforementioned industries, recruitment can be challenging and is much more efficient and productive when efforts are well-planned and strategic. The following are resources that can support such initiatives.
Linkedin Groups (and number of members as of 6/2017)
Women have come a long way and worked hard to play an instrumental role in the U.S. workforce. They bring important and valuable attributes that organizations simply cannot overlook. Finding and attracting them is imperative, and approaching those efforts strategically is the first step.