What is it about?

The construction industry is facing critical workforce issues. One major issue is the mental health of people working in construction. Too much stress at work is affecting them. This is especially true for women in the industry. There are many reasons for these problems. Work in construction can be grueling which makes it challenging for both men and women. The disproportionate number of men in the construction workforce can lead to unfortunate discrimination, bullying, and harassment of female professionals, which affects how work is done. Thus, studying gender disparities remains essential for addressing the issues in the construction industry, with the goal of fostering a more inclusive workplace. To solve for this, an online survey looked at gender disparities in the construction industry in Australia. The surveying researchers assessed variations in workplace experiences between men and women. They also examined the factors contributing to stress from work, and the mental health issues linked with construction work.

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Why is it important?

The study showed that women experience more mental pressure at work, due to issues such as harassment and unfair treatment. These findings call on important stakeholders, such as the government, to make the work culture in construction fairer and more supportive for everyone. KEY TAKEAWAY: By dealing with gender disparities and workforce issues, the construction industry can be improved and made more inclusive. This study offers a plan for this by focusing on how everyone can be supported and treated equally at work. This research relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals: • SDG 5 - Gender Equality • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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This page is a summary of: Work Stress Is a Threat to Gender Diversity in the Construction Industry, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, October 2017, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
DOI: 10.1061/(asce)co.1943-7862.0001387.
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