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Workplace Integration Resources Overview

An overview of the workplace integration resources that are available for newcomers, managers and mentors to support professional integration into the Canadian workplace.
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Javier Vinsome

on 18 August 2015

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Workplace Integration Resources Overview
What is Workplace Integration?
This is a unique experience for newcomers...
How are the resources used?
The Desk Reference may give newcomers the information they need to adapt to the Canadian workplace
The Goal:
Professional Integration
Employers need to help immigrants and build capacity to support workplace integration initiatives
Adapting their language, communication, and other cultural norms to the Canadian workplace...
To fully contribute their expertise and achieve a meaningful sense of belonging...
Requires awareness of differences in the workplace and removing certain barriers...
What resources could help?
A newcomer's guide
Also a seperate guide for managers and mentors
Used together they can build capacity to support Workplace Integration
The Guide for Managers and Mentors may help employers by providing tools to help integrate newcomers into the Canadian workplace
Employers can provide newcomers with resources to successfully integrate into their workforce
Resources
Workplace Integration; A guide for Managers and Mentors; by Paul A. Holmes (Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd.) c. 2011
Workplace Integration; A desk reference for newcomers to Canada; by Paul A. Holmes (Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd.) c. 2012
Does the most qualified Candidate get the job?
What makes one "qualified" in Canada?

Certainly, Technical skills and Education play a part
What other non-technical skills do employers look for?
Ability to write a persuasive email
Taking Direction: "The Canadian Feedback Sandwich"
Ability to speak competently about business issues
Ability to navigate meetings and complex conversations with an element of conflict!
Recommendations
Define Diversity
What does it mean to your company?
Acquire Top-Down Support
Success is unlikely without buy-in
Actively Search for Diverse Talent
Recruit from diverse pools
Advertise in diverse communities or organizations
Involve Managers
Hold them accountable for diversity goals

Tap Insiders
Use the resources you already have:

On-boarding programs, "buddy" systems, in-house mentoring
Notice of Disclaimer
The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. The opinions in this presentation are that of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any particular organization.

Although we try to portray accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as this date, or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. These resources are designed to assist newcomers with integration in the workplace, however no one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice, and a thorough examination of the particular situation.

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