Young professionals represent the future of the building industry. As such, NAHB leadership recognized the need to better understand the unique pressures young professionals face with the goal of determining best practices to bolster their professional and personal wellbeing.
Working with MindWise Innovations, NAHB has been conducting a pilot program addressing behavioral health for young professionals through a series of focus groups designed to gauge the impact of workplace culture on mental wellbeing.
We know that the pressures young professionals face — financial, societal, emotional, and much more — result in burnout, high job turnover and challenges in recruiting. Additionally, construction and the building trades are high-risk cultures for substance misuse and death by suicide. Given the labor shortage in this industry, a resilient, motivated workforce is needed now more than ever.
One of the themes that emerged during the young professionals focus groups was the need for increased dialogue and intergenerational understanding about behavioral health and workplace culture. We recognize that today’s workforce includes members of four different generations, and their interactions and perceptions of each other impact the work.
The pilot program also included roundtable training to prepare young and experienced professionals to lead trainings focused on intergenerational conversations about mental health and workplace culture. View a brief video below featuring some members who completed the roundtable training.
Also be sure to check NAHB’s resources for mental health and wellbeing.
For more resources to help combat opioid misuse visit NAHB’s Opioids in the Home Building Industry page.
Additional jobsite safety resources and safety training materials are available on NAHB’s Safety 365 page.