“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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®).
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.