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Embracing Diversity: A New Approach to Tackling Labour Shortages

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The construction industry in Malaysia, like its global counterparts, is at a critical juncture, grappling with an unprecedented labour shortage. To navigate these challenging times, it is imperative for the sector to embrace innovative solutions.

Recent reports have emphasised the importance of embracing diversity as an effective way to address labour shortages in the construction field. The research highlights the value of recruiting from underrepresented groups, including women, veterans, and people with disabilities, as a means to bridge the labour gap while infusing the industry with fresh skills and perspectives.

Malaysia’s construction industry has long grappled with gender imbalance, with women accounting for only a small fraction of the workforce.

Studies consistently indicate that diverse workforces contribute to enhanced innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. By diversifying the construction industry, fresh ideas and innovative approaches can be brought to the table, ultimately boosting productivity and efficiency.

Embracing diversity also promotes a culture of inclusivity and equal opportunity, making the industry more attractive to a broader spectrum of talent.

To effectively address the labour shortage, construction firms in Malaysia must proactively recruit, retain, and support individuals from underrepresented groups. Initiatives such as mentorship programmes, customised training, and inclusive workplace policies can help create an environment where diverse talent can thrive.

Embracing diversity in Malaysia’s construction industry goes beyond addressing the immediate labour shortage; it is a pathway to fostering a more inclusive and resilient workforce. By breaking down traditional barriers and actively seeking talent from underrepresented groups, the industry can not only overcome its current challenges but also thrive in the future. This approach will not only benefit individual companies but also contribute to the industry’s growth and the nation’s development as a whole.

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