Is Your Organization Size Inclusive?

Incorporating size diversity into your company’s culture is fundamental to fostering inclusion. Here are 3 areas where your organization can begin to cultivate a size-inclusive culture right now.

Why Being an Ally During Cultural Holidays Matters – And How to Do It Right

If you read our post earlier this year on How a Diversity Calendar can Transform Your Workplace Culture, you know that there are many ways for organizations to utilize our Diversity calendar.

And while big moves like making holiday, vacation and personal time off policies are ideal, if you’re not in a leadership position or working in HR, you may not have the power to make changes like this.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do.

Where are all the neurodivergent people coming from? Part III

Neurodiversity is one of the latest frontiers of workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. Organizations all around the world are recognizing the importance of different ways of thinking and doing work, especially with the unique talents that neurodivergent people bring. Awareness is the first step, but how do we take action on this? Read our suggestions for small changes that can have a big impact.

Disability Employment Awareness Month

In October, many organizations and provinces celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). It is a time to recognize the 1 in 5 Canadians who experience disability and the incredible contributions they make to our labour force. Despite the positive outcomes associated with inclusive hiring, approximately half of Canadians with disabilities are underemployed or unemployed (which is about 10x the national average).

World Mental Health Day

Many of us spend most of our days working, whether that be remotely or in the office, so it is not particularly a surprise that much of our mental health is influenced by our workplaces. Although often viewed as a taboo topic to discuss in the workplace, employees do want to talk about mental health. A study in 2018 found that over 70 percent of employees want their employers to prioritize and champion mental health and well-being (Kohll, 2018). Employees want that shift and are asking for it. 

Mental Health as an Integral Part of DEI Policies in the Workplace

There is no way around it; we cannot discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace without recognizing and understanding that the mental health issues of employees are at the heart of the matter.

Building an Inclusive Classroom

As the school year starts again, we wanted to talk about creating inclusive classrooms. Inclusivity in the classroom goes beyond ensuring equal access and can include the language, activities, and intentionality of educators. Though there is no foolproof template to building inclusive spaces, we have 3 strategies that can help you get started!

World Refugee Day 

World Refugee Day

What is your organization doing to support refugees?

Do you hire refugees and newcomers? Did you know that there are incentives that can go along with this important support for people fleeing their homes? When it comes to hiring equitably and inclusively, there are some things to keep in mind for refugee applicants and employees.

Happy Asian Heritage Month! 

Happy Asian Heritage Month!

Asian people have had huge impacts on Canada and the world. In the month of May, we celebrate this illustrious history by recognizing the contributions of Asian people of all stripes — entrepreneurs, leaders, and more. 

DEI Alphabet Soup: Decoded! Part II 

DEI Alphabet Soup: Decoded! Part II

Earlier this month, we started to “decode” some common terms that are used in the sphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Because this field can be approached from many different angles, and there are many intersections of identity and inclusivity, we are continuing our series of posts by diving into another group of terms related to a particular theme.

Today’s theme is disability justice. These terms are related to activism surrounding the acceptance of bodies and physical abilities.