Digital transformation may increase opportunities for women in construction
A recent joint survey by the National Association of Women in Construction and Safe Site Check In shows 71% of construction companies view digital transformation—integrating digital technologies to help reshape business processes—as a top priority, with new technologies opening doors for women in the workforce, according to forconstructionpros.com.
The survey reveals digital transformation can help enhance productivity, make construction jobs easier and address labor shortages.
“Digital transformation is gaining significant momentum in the construction industry,” says Crissy Ingram, executive director of the National Association of Women in Construction. “Along with making work easier without compromising the quality of the finished product, it also opens up more opportunities for women. The survey shows the importance of digital technology and, ideally, its potential to address some of the issues driven by the construction labor shortage.”
The organizations surveyed participants regarding digital transformation, the industry’s labor shortage and the effects of supply chain disruptions. Participants represented all areas of the construction industry in private and public sectors, including 600 National Association of Women in Construction members throughout the U.S. working in construction at companies with annual revenues ranging from $500,000 to more than $1 billion.
Following are key findings from the survey:
Additionally, when asked which of the newest construction technologies are most helpful, 72% of respondents said smartphone apps for managing projects and the workforce followed by GPS layout (13%), drones and robots (9%), and augmented reality and wearables (3%).
Creating a security-aware company culture is important
Cybercriminals regularly use social engineering techniques to deceive and manipulate employees, leading to financial losses, disrupted productivity and a tarnished company reputation, according to Harvard Business Review.
Attackers take advantage of people’s willingness to trust certain requests and mindlessly click on links or open virus-laden attachments.
Leaders often rely on IT departments to secure information, but to reduce the human-based liability, all employees must be committed to maintaining a security-aware culture. This involves leaders influencing their team members to adopt certain mindsets and behaviors.
Following are six strategies to help strengthen your company’s defenses against cybercriminals and create a security-aware culture.