The Workplace Culture Program has been re-launched with an exciting and targeted array of cross-cultural awareness and communication offerings targeted to the needs of employers hiring immigrants.
All services are free of charge.
Workplace Culture Presentations
Workplace Culture Presentations are 30-60 minute presentations on Work Place Culture, the Work Place Culture Program and its offerings in the context of immigration in Nova Scotia. In discussion with the Work Place Culture Coordinator, these can be tailored to meet the employer’s request.
Workplace Culture Assessment Tool
The Workplace Culture Assessment Tool is an easy-to-use yet sophisticated survey. By completing this survey with you, we will be able to help you determine your organization’s needs and where you are in your journey to having a healthy workplace culture. The survey topics include leadership, strategy and planning, resource allocation and rewards, recruitment and retention, accountability and typical behaviors and beliefs. It takes approximately one hour to complete and will be done at your worksite.For additional information or to book an appointment contact
Paul Pickering, Work Place Culture Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orientation to Workplace Culture Workshop
Orientation to Workplace Culture Workshop is a half day, fast moving and collaborative session for employers. It takes the Workplace Culture Assessment Tool to the next step – engagement! Based on the results of your survey, this workshop will be customized to address:
- understanding the phases of change in supporting immigrants in your workplace
- identifying priorities and developing an action plan
- recognizing and addressing barriers by learning through collective experience
Building Cultural Competence
Building Cultural Competence is an introductory half day workshop identifying aspects of cultural competence and developing awareness and skills. This interactive workshop is open to organizations, businesses and members of the community and is held monthly at ISIS. The workshop may also be delivered to organizations at their sites if applicable.
Upcoming workshops: (1:00-4:30 pm.)
- Monday, January 20 (fully booked)
- Tuesday, January 21
- Tuesday, February 18
- Monday, March 17
The maximum number of participants is 16, please be sure to register - spaces fill up quickly! If a session is full, it will be marked fully booked.
To register or for more information, please contact Jacinda at email@example.com
If you are a community service provider, please see Building Welcoming Communities.
Workplace Culture Diversity Series Workshops
Workplace Culture Diversity Series Workshops are 60 and 90 minute themed, facilitated, and collaborative workshops dealing with a range of topics. Each session will be offered twice (daytime and evening) during the month. All sessions will be held at ISIS.
Supporting Newcomers in the Workplace
- How does an organization know it has the right amount of support for its newcomers?
- What does effective support look like?
Hiring costs money, causes stress and usually takes a lot of time to get the newcomer fully up to speed. Effective support enables newcomers to settle more quickly and enables the organization to realize its investment. It is not uncommon for it to be done poorly. Under-supporting newcomers increases attrition, undermines morale, and does an injustice to the customer base.
- Is your Workplace Culture a benefit or a barrier to organisational effectiveness?
- What can you do to increase the positive force of Workplace Culture?
Workplace Culture is complex, there are visible components, like how employees dress and the layout of the reception space, and there are invisible components – expectations about punctuality and how to lead a department or team. In this session we look at how the business owner or director can set the pace for creating, defining or refining the company culture.
Cultural Diversity Management
- How do you uphold your organizational practices across cultures?
- Is there a “right and wrong” way to manage cultural diversity?
Whether managing a team of 5th generation native-born Canadians, or recently arrived Temporary Foreign Workers, there are communication and expectation challenges. Every culture has biases about the “right” way to do things, and when these get challenged, we need guidance. This session will provide simple and straightforward tips and ideas.
Cultural Diversity Ethics
- How much do we “value and celebrate” and how much do we “tolerate”?
- Are we really supposed to accept everything, even when it feels wrong?
When we encounter ethical decisions, they are frequently “least harm” rather than “right-wrong.” When these decisions include cultural diversity aspects it is very easy to feel out of our depth. In this session we examine ethical dilemmas, identify the abilities needed to arrive at the “best” resolution, teach practical skills, and provide real-life examples.
- November 14 – 12:30 – 1:30
- November 19 – 6:30 – 8:00
For more information or to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.