Diversity

All of Us: What We Mean When We Talk About Inclusion

All of Us: What We Mean When We Talk About Inclusion

In 2017 the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Institute for Canada Citizenship (ICC) surveyed 64 major Canadian corporations about diversity and inclusion: how they define it, how they go about promoting it, and how they measure it. Respondents to the RBC-ICC survey were asked to take stock of their diversity and inclusion efforts in two ways. Gender was by far the most commonly identified area where diversity and inclusion has improved in the workplace, with 81 percent of respondents selecting it as one of their top three choices for diversity and 76 percent for inclusion.

A Game Changer: Diversity and Inclusion Boosts Bottom Line

A Game Changer: Diversity and Inclusion Boosts Bottom Line

No matter the size of your organization, says this article from the State Bar of Wisconsin (www.wisbar.org), there’s no question:  having a diverse workforce in your firm is good for business.  Exploring and committing to diversity and inclusion has become “a business imperative.”

Diversity and Inclusion Matter to the Workforce of the Future

Diversity and Inclusion Matter to the Workforce of the Future

Millennials will be the ones to create truly diverse, inclusive places of work, says this opinion piece on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com). By 2025 Millennials will make up nearly 75 percent of the workforce. Driven by intellectual curiosity, they will likely lead “a human revolution” and create a “just world of work.”

The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion and Why it is Important to your Success

The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion and Why it is Important to your Success

What is the difference between diversity and inclusion? A blogger on Forbes.com (https://www.forbes.com) posed this question to Jennifer Brown, an HR expert and the author of Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace, and the Will to Change.

Four Ways to Drive Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Four Ways to Drive Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

“Empowerment is at the core of the tech industry,” writes Michelle Simmons, Microsoft Asia-Pacific’s General Manager of Southeast Asia New Markets. “When we talk about empowering people, we simply mean that with the right tools, anyone can become anything. Empowerment, therefore, is key to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.” Here are her suggestions for driving diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Drives Innovation

Diversity Drives Innovation

Including people with disabilities drives innovation says the Santa Monica Disabilities Commission (SMDC) in an opinion piece in the Santa Monica Daily Press (www.smdp.com). “There are strong examples of companies that see inclusion as part and parcel to their innovative edge.”

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

While the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace are finally getting the recognition they deserve, for many organizations, “how to do it” is not always clear.  An online tutorial series called How to Improve Diversity in Your Business gives step-by-step instructions on how it can be done.

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

A lengthy list of familiar names makes up Canada's Best Diversity Employers, published in the Globe and Mail in the spring of 2018. The employers were named for having inclusive and respectful work environments and successful diversity initiatives in areas including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and LGBTQ people.

BBC Launches Diversity Inclusion Strategy

BBC Launches Diversity Inclusion Strategy

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an ambitious strategy that they hope will “hardwire diversity and inclusion into everything the Corporation does.” The new strategy aims to make dramatic improvements in the corporation’s inclusivity and representation of the diverse population of the United Kingdom. The strategy sets out how­­­­­­­ the BBC will “do even more to reflect the public it serves.”

Inclusive Club Checklist

Inclusive Club Checklist

Here’s a handy and quick tool by which an organization can figure out how well their inclusivity efforts are working. The self-assessment tool is aimed at sports organizations but the questions can be adapted to almost any organization type. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the questions.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  The Together We Rock!  team is proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!

We Rock! Summer Accessibility Adventures

We Rock! Summer Accessibility Adventures

This summer John Draper and the Together We Rock! team will be visiting a number of events to experience the awesome “sights and sounds” of the Province of Ontario. This week we were in the amazing city of Toronto and stopped by the Amsterdam Brewery Barrel House in the Leaside neighbourhood.

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

You may see some familiar names in this article about diversity and inclusion at some Chicago tech companies. Groupon, Foursquare and Sprout Social are featured in the article about nine companies who are putting inclusion and diversity principles into action.

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Devex.com is the media platform for the global development community. The Devex mission statement is to “keep you better connected to the news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities you need, to do more good for more people.”Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following:

Considering a Diversity or Inclusion Campaign?

Considering a Diversity or Inclusion Campaign?

Understanding of the benefits of diversity and inclusion is taking hold across Canadian industry. Steve Steck is Vice President of Business Development & Brand Strategy at Public Inc. Public Inc is a Toronto-based social impact marketing agency and consultancy. Mr. Steck has these words of advice for organizations who want to improve their levels of diversity and inclusion. The article appeared on Charity Village.

Discover Ability Network

Discover Ability Network

The Discover Ability Network is the new online portal for connecting employers and persons with disabilities who are looking for work in the Province Ontario, Canada. The portal is a key deliverable of Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, the comprehensive plan focused on connecting people with disabilities to rewarding jobs, and employers to new talent that can help grow their businesses.