- How has COVID-19 affected the construction industry and what are the biggest roadblocks the pandemic has raised in relation to diversity and inclusion? What should companies do to ensure that their workforce has equal access to quality opportunities across the region and that their talent is nurtured and motivated?
- Maternity and paternity leave – companies need to remove themselves from the conversation about which parent has to stay home during the child’s early months by offering equal leave to both parents, so the parents can make the decision without external influences
- Equal pay has been a hot topic in the industry on a regional and global level for years. What must the industry do to address this challenge once and for all?
- Permanent vs freelance talent. The pandemic has left a large number of people within the industry opting for freelance work on a project-to-project basis. Is this the future and could this mean the end of discussions around ‘diversity in the office’?
- Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, remote and flexible working are still foreign concepts to many construction firms in the region. Why is this the case and why should companies that are still fixated on a ‘time in the office’ mentality embrace change?
- A positive and healthy office culture is key to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Now that flexible/remote working is being practiced more by certain companies due to the outbreak of COVID-19, how can these firms ensure that culture built in the office is as supportive, and respective of boundaries, when it comes to staff working from remote locations?
- The use of technology can bring a number of positives including better quality, less wastage, lower costs etc. Technology also has the potential to accelerate diversity in the workplace as the design and even the delivery of projects becomes ever more automated. What can be done to push the adoption of technology in an industry that is notoriously resistant to change?
- The demand to build the structures and cities of the future is an ever present demand. What is the one thing companies should do today to ensure that they have a pipeline of talent available to tackle future project demands?
Moderator: Leanne Henderson, Founder, Hospitality Advisor at Taurima
- Greg Kane, Chief Executive Officer for WSP in the Middle East
- Mayada Hantash, Customer Success – Middle East Region at Autodesk
- Marcus Taylor, CEO & Founder of FifthEdge
- Pilar Gómez Fabra, Head of Organization, Talent and Wellbeing of ACCIONA´s infrastructure Division