What does your future look like? If we had a crystal ball we would know how to answer that question but we don’t. I believe our future looks like what we think about AND what actions we put back into making the changes to influence the future. For instance, if all of us did nothing then in fact the future would look the same. But life is about change and the future looks like what we collectively shape it into. Can you imagine what our lives would look like right now if Einstein, Steve Jobs, or Aristotle didn’t think about the future? I know - No iDevices, which is almost unfathomable...almost as weird as it might have been 5 years ago to speak about the profound impact the iDevices have had on our society!
So that begs the question of what do you want for the future of the industry? What do you want for your future? Imagine yourself in 10 years and reflecting back on this blog and thinking about what you wished for your future. Mine might look like this:
1. Fatality and Injury Free workplace – imagine sitting there thinking how we’re going onto several consecutive years with no fatalities or injuries (including suicides and mental health related stresses). Can you imagine? (Did you know that Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th October and that World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October? Our action in helping shape the future: a commitment from all the NAWIC chapter councils to include safety discussions at their team meetings at work and at NAWIC on this subject during Mental Heath week.)
NAWIC Value: Safety and Wellbeing and Courage.
2. Pay gap – imagine in the near future not discussing pay gaps based on gender. Full stop. Perhaps we will look back and think how completely odd it even sounds?! (Did you know that NAWIC are official Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Support Champions and will be joining other leaders around the country on 30 September to help launch the Gender Equality campaign?)
NAWIC Value: Courage
3. Leadership – looking around and seeing a diverse group of leaders in Australia that are authentic and who lead by example (behaviours) and hold their leaders to account in accordance to their company values. (Did you know that NAWIC is in the midst of collaborating with others to help the future leaders of tomorrow be the best they can be?)
NAWIC Values: Courage, Integrity, Inclusion, Resilience
4. Performance – that Australia is touted as a top performer in the construction and related industries and are known to have been on a journey that included thinking “outside the box” for a more efficient and effective way to do business that takes into consideration and drives a safety and wellbeing culture, is agile and flexible working environment which attracts the best talent and drives the best performance. (did you know that NAWIC is partnering with others to not only drive better performance by thinking differently?)
NAWIC Values: Empowerment, Integrity, Courage
Are you cynical as you read through what our future may look like? I’m not. Why? Because the changes that NAWIC are putting as a part of their membership offer includes addressing all of the above. We are working to Build a Better future are actively working on all of these items as a part of our overall strategic plan. We will start to communicate the detail of the changes next month!
NAWIC’s mission is to champion and empower women in the construction and related industries to reach their potential