Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

By: Stephanie Porfiris, October 22 2020

During an Elevate roundtable, our guests sat down with Dr. Hadiya Roderique, a researcher, lecturer, speaker, award-winning writer, and former Bay Street lawyer, to learn what they can be doing to foster equality at every stage of the employee lifecycle.

Key learnings:

  • The importance of having a diverse group of decision-makers across the organization
  • Evaluations and performance reviews — How are people being evaluated? What kind of language is being used?
  • The importance of focusing on performance, not potential
  • Work assignments — How is work assigned? Who’s’ getting grunt work? Who’s getting office work? Who’s getting the glamour work?
  • Eliminating statements of support in favour of ’10 step plans’
  • How to demystify the application process (and why you really want to do that)

“I think a lot of companies do a pretty okay job of hiring. But once people are there, they’re having trouble keeping and including them. A lot of damage is done when you hire people into a place that’s not ready to support them.”

Dr. Hadiya Roderique

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