Construction Inclusion Week is the first effort to bring together the collective power of people in the construction field, including specialty contractors, suppliers, general contractors, and subcontractors. The purpose of this week is to bring awareness of improved diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.
The best way to make this happen is to empower people with the information and resources they need to make a difference. Mobile Medical is proud to be participating in this fantastic initiative. We strive to make a positive difference in every industry so nobody feels excluded.
The Daily Themes of Construction Inclusion Week
The daily themes for the week are supported with resources such as videos, webinars, individual resource files, and more so you can digest the information whenever you have time. Each day focuses on a different aspect of inclusion, with varying curriculum materials to guide you throughout the week.
Day 1: Commitment and Accountability
Leadership, commitment, and accountability to ourselves and others is required to understand a culture of inclusion and belonging. A leader can influence others toward achieving a goal. Modeling acceptable behavior helps influence others towards the same goal of a more inclusive society. Everyone has a part to play in creating a more accepting environment, so understanding how to influence others for the better is an important step.
Day 2: Belonging
Unconscious bias is a prejudice or preconceived notion that affects behavior beyond a level of conscious awareness. Having the ability to stop and recognize when unconscious bias is taking place is the first step to preventing it in its tracks completely. Educating about unconscious bias is critical to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging.
Controlling this and being inclusive to everyone gives a sense of belonging to people and makes them feel like they are part of a community. This builds confidence and a sense of purpose, making everyone feel welcome.
Day 3: Supplier Diversity
Supplier diversity refers to the inclusion of businesses owned by diverse individuals or groups who dispense goods and services. These suppliers are defined as those whose majority ownership is held by an individual belonging to an underrepresented group.
Standard classifications include minority-owned business enterprises, small-business enterprises, woman-owned business enterprises, LGTBQT+ members, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Each group can face prejudice, so it is essential to be inclusive and not judge based on these classifications.
MMC is proud to be a certified Women's Business Enterprise, and supports the Women's Business Enterprise National Council's belief that "diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy."
Day 4: Workplace Culture
Creating and maintaining a positive workplace culture allows everyone to experience an inclusive and respectful environment This can lead to increased safety and higher productivity.
Actively caring for each other ensures that everyone feels physically and psychologically safe. We spend most of our days at work, so having a positive atmosphere is key to keeping a healthy mindset. Keeping a workplace free of bias and harassment is the first step to ensuring everyone is comfortable.
Day 5: Community Engagement
The construction industry has many career and educational pathways that can lead to success. Creating a more diverse community within the industry starts with inspiring and informing the next generation of builders.
There is more to construction than driving heavy machinery and laying concrete. Connecting with students and telling them about the different pathways is essential for the growth and development of the industry.
Change the Trajectory of Construction
Make a difference in your industries to become a more unified and safe space for everyone. Participate in Construction Inclusion Week so you can be the changing point of your work environment.