Roughly 82% of firms say it will either become harder or remain difficult to recruit and hire qualified workers in 2018. This is because of a culture shift that has been happening for more than 30 years.
But what if there was a way to make the construction industry more appealing to the younger generations—Millennials and even Gen Z? Here at Constructech, we believe technology can help by making careers more attractive and can also help work crews be more efficient.
We are already starting to see this happen. A recent study shows that roughly 70% of millennial business owners are using connected technologies for employee safety. This includes solutions such as telematics that can help reduce distracted driving, drones that can help do inspections in dangerous areas, and wearables that can help detect physical strain.
The younger generation is going to expect this type of technology on the job. Gen Z—which is the generation that is graduating from college today—is very connected and collaborative. They are also very good at making decision quickly—in roughly 8 seconds. If we want them to choose construction, we need to leverage technology, both in the office and at the jobsite.
This is a topic we are exploring here at Constructech all year long. We are aiming to identify how technology can aid in solving the skilled labor shortage.
As such, a panel discussion at Technology Day will bring together young and seasoned professionals, women and men, to discuss how to get the younger generation and women more involved in the construction industry, addressing challenges and identifying solutions.
This will take place on August 23 in Arlington Heights, Ill. Join the discussion on August 23. Let’s help solve this skilled labor shortage together.
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