Over the past several years, we’ve seen the number of women at Haselden rise. We’re now at over 12%! That’s no accident – Haselden actively encourages women pursuing a career in construction. How do we do that?
Several years ago, Haselden Construction started a Lean-In Circle to support, retain, and recruit women at our company. While women have worked at construction companies for years, it’s traditionally been in positions such as marketing, business development, financial services, etc.—and those are key positions in the company that are vital to the business’s survival and success. But women often overlook field / craft positions (project management, laborers, carpenters) as career opportunities, even though they offer stability, advancement opportunity, and great benefits.
There are a couple of different paths to take, depending on your interests. Do you like to work with your hands? Becoming a craft worker might be the right option for you and Haselden even offers a 4-year Carpentry Apprenticeship program for motivated team members. Do you enjoy working with budgets and problem solving? Project management might be your forte. Another option is going the route of superintendent – being out on a project every day and working directly with the subcontractors to get the project built.
How We Encourage Women in Construction
So how do we encourage more women to give this industry a chance? Our first step was establishing the Lean-In group. It’s been an evolving process as we solidify our group’s specific long- and short-term goals. Haselden’s CEO & President, Byron Haselden, had a vision to develop, support, and attract women to Haselden and overall to the construction industry. That mantra has stuck, and the company’s leadership team has been integrally involved from the inception, which has allowed us to attract many new women to the company, but more importantly, allowing those who already work here the opportunity to grow in their careers. Supporting the community is a mainstay of the Lean-In group and we have organized events such as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Extreme Community Makeover, and gathering holiday donations for HopeKids Colorado. The group also coordinates professional development seminars throughout the year.
So where does the rubber meet the road? Where it counts most . . . Notable game-changers like paid parental leave (maternity and paternity) and a unified support system, as well as smaller items like reserved parking for expecting women at the main office.
At Haselden, we have women in Operations (project managers, superintendents, project engineers, laborers, carpenters), Finance, Administration, Preconstruction, Marketing, IT, Business Development, Fleet & Yard . . . you name it. Women in Construction Week is a great opportunity to give a shout out to these amazing women, the paths they’ve chosen, and the differences they make.