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Making a Difference: Creating a Successful Workplace Diversity Program

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The world is diverse, and our workplaces should be, too. A diverse workforce can help your organization develop fresh approaches and solutions to problems, and can open up new and untapped customer bases. Achieving diversity is about making a sincere commitment to recognizing that people of different backgrounds and experiences bring value because of those differences, not in spite of them.

Many organizations recognize the value of hiring from historically marginalized groups and already have diversity programs in place to broaden their talent pipelines. Yet many of these same companies may find their diversity programs are not working out the way they had hoped. Maybe it’s because the employees don’t seem to be staying as long with the company, or don’t seem to be advancing. This may be especially frustrating for organizations that have actively tried to recruit from a diverse background. When these organizations step back, they may realize that although they have a strong diversity program, particularly when it comes to recruitment, they have missed the mark on inclusion.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Workplace Inclusion

Say What? Inclusive Language in the Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 19, 2018 2:30:00 PM

In the past few decades, Canadian employers have made great strides in preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace. We still have a ways to go, though, especially as the language we use to describe a range of identities frequently changes. Many of us have experienced that awkward moment when a grandparent unknowingly uses a term that was once deemed respectful and is now considered out of date, or even offensive. A similar experience might happen in the workplace with employees of all ages. Often employees may not even be aware of the true meaning of the words they are choosing, or why someone would find such usage offensive.

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Topics: Workplace Inclusion

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