Employment

Inclusive Workplaces: I Love Working Here!

Inclusive Workplaces: I Love Working Here!

“Many workplaces don’t put much thought into developing a climate where their employees feel safe and have a sense of belonging,” says career coach Marie Gervais, PhD. On her blog ShiftWorkPlace.com, Ms. Gervais gives some real world examples of successful inclusion, and explains how they got there.

 

New Research Finds Hiring Disabled Canadians Could Boost Economic Growth

New Research Finds Hiring Disabled Canadians Could Boost Economic Growth

“Wake up, Canada," says Rick Hansen, Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. New research from the Conference Board of Canada suggests that failing to make accessibility for people with disabilities a higher priority for would cost the country billions of dollars in lost economic growth.

 

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.

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.

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.

Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

In an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, the CEO of Klipfolio says he believes in diversity and inclusion, but that so many companies struggle, because it’s hard. Allan Willie is candid in this honest op-ed, about how diversity and inclusion are a goal at Klipfolio, but the definition of “diversity” changes all the time, and it’s hard to know when they’ve got it right.

How Advertising Can Tackle its Disability Deficit

How Advertising Can Tackle its Disability Deficit

While “diversity” has become a household word, the advertising industry still has a long way to go when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. “Employers are missing out on an incredible pool of talent as a result,” says Tim Cecere, the Chief Global Talent Officer for Group M, the largest advertising agency in the world.

Employer Partnership Table

Employer Partnership Table

The Ontario government has gathered an advisory group to share information and find solutions to the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities. The 17-member Employer’s Partnership Table (EPT) will meet for the next two years to come up with strategies to encourage organizations to hire more people with disabilities.

Discover Ability: Hiring People with Disabilities Boosts Your Bottom Line

Discover Ability: Hiring People with Disabilities Boosts Your Bottom Line

Canadian Business Senseability in partnership with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Discover Ability with keynote speaker Mark Wafer on Thursday March 15, 2018 from 8:30- 11:00am. This exciting event will be held at the Abilities Centre Theatre, 55 Gordon St Whitby Ontario and this is a free breakfast event. 

Aramark Named One of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

Aramark Named One of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

Aramark, a leading catering management and uniform company which serves sports teams, healthcare providers, educational institutions, cultural attractions and landmarks, as well as numerous municipalities in 19 countries globally was recently awarded top marks in the 2017 Disability Equity Index® (DEI®).

Business Benefits of Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Business Benefits of Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Progressive businesses are implementing more diverse and inclusive recruitment policies to secure a more sustainable future. But, diversity is itself a term which can mean different things to different people. It can mean employing people from different backgrounds, ages, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education or religion. But also, according to Farrah Qureshi, CEO at Global Diversity Practice, diversity can also mean respecting and appreciating each other’s differences in an age of challenging geopolitical change, “The key question for companies is how to leverage those diverse perspectives, lifestyles and backgrounds to drive business success and innovation,” says Qureshi.

Best Practice in Inclusion

 Best Practice in Inclusion

The Evenbreak Best Practice Portal is a new tool designed to help employers and their employees create inclusive workplaces.  The portal covers a variety of subjects such as how to interview a candidate and bring on board new employees with a disability.  The advice comes in the form of videos, from leaders who have already pioneered a way through the minefield of barriers and red tape, so employers and their staff do not have to start from scratch and can adapt the advice to their own situation.

Hiring People with Disabilities

Hiring People with Disabilities

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability, and in developing countries, the exclusion of people with disabilities from the labour market can significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product (GDP).That is why more than 150 Bangladeshi factories have signed up to ‘go inclusive.’

Talking about disabilities; employers are asking…

Talking about disabilities; employers are asking…

Calgary’s Champions Career Centre (CCC) is an employment office with a difference.  Its mandate is to connect employers with people with disabilities.  This organization has posted a useful list of FAQs as a tool to help employers foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The CCC identified common questions employers feel uncomfortable asking. 

Leading Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces

Leading Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces

Several Connecticut businesses were awarded high rankings in the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI). The index is a corporate indicator tool which grades companies on inclusion and equality for people with disabilities.

Canadian Business SenseAbility

Canadian Business SenseAbility

Canadian Business SenseAbility (CBS) was established in 2014 to help employers access the value of including people with disabilities into their workforce. The organization is run by a Board of Directors from the private sector and describes itself as ‘run by business for business,’ whose vision is success accelerated through the talents of people with disabilities.

Can You Teach Diversity and Inclusion?

Can You Teach Diversity and Inclusion?

Should diversity and inclusion be taught in today’s society?In workplace situations, it is imperative there is a cultural environment where employees and leaders embrace difference, mirror inclusive behaviour, and appreciate the value diversity can bring to their bottom-line. Diversity and inclusion training often focuses on unconscious and conscious bias, self-awareness and building bridges between individuals with different identities. Corporations which embark on this type of training first need to delve into their own corporate identity and culture to confirm they have the support systems in place for successful training.

Ontario Disability Employment Network

Ontario Disability Employment Network

ODEN is a network of professional employment service providers whose aim is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The organization works to remove barriers which limit employment opportunities for those who have a disability.  ODEN works with businesses to develop marketing initiatives to promote the benefits of hiring people with disabilities to the corporate community.

CIBC Initiative to Create Inclusive Workplaces

CIBC Initiative to Create Inclusive Workplaces

Earlier this year the CIBC, one of Canada’s largest banks, announced a partnership with Magnet, an online network that connects job seekers to employers. The initiative comes amid a growing movement to tackle employment barriers for people with disabilities and focus on diversity hiring.