Construction survey reveals the brighter side of the recession

Published:  16 March, 2010

ASCOT: The Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) latest research has revealed many construction professionals are now looking beyond the negatives of the recession and asserting the positives.

Respondents were asked to state what impact the economic climate was having on their role; 45% indicated that the recession has had some positive impacts in the industry. Because of the economic downturn many construction professionals have had to adapt quickly to a diverse range of challenges. This has involved new skills being learnt in the industry by looking outwardly at other industries in turn these have helped to create greater organisational efficiencies.

The research has also identified some of the significant weaknesses in the construction workforce. Many highlighted that skills often aligned with leadership are their worst, particularly promoting equality and standards, encouraging innovation and planning and implementing change – however, it is these skills which are required to guarantee a flourishing future for the industry.

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