Let’s Start with the Basics. What is CODE?
What did we hear?
- Hiring policies and practices need to be transformed to be more inclusive, accessible. Some ways to do this: screen for bias in your interview process, diversify where you post your job opening, allow job seekers to submit applications through a multitude of ways, ensure accommodations through the selection process should a candidate require it, and recognize equivalent experience.
- People need continuous training to improve their knowledge of different experiences of people who might not look and experience life the way someone else does. Whether this is cross-cultural training, Indigenous awareness training, training on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, or accessibility training.
- Diversity in teams does nothing for an organization without action to embed inclusion and equity within the workplace.
- Workplace policies do not impact all employees equally. In certain places, laws and customs related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics can differ from those we experience in Canada. As a result, people could face certain barriers and risks when they travel. With this in mind, consider your travel policies. Expand the definition of family in your employee handbook and ensure that bereavement policies are inclusive of different cultures and practices.
- Almost unanimously, people who participated in these consultations noted that they were more likely to engage with organizations and businesses with an authentic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Much work remains in transforming our organizations to be more inclusive and equitable. As employers and colleagues, we have a profound responsibility to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. CODE is here to help.
What can you do?
- Attend our CODE Workshops to hear from experts, and engage in peer learning around topics related to DEI.
- Access our Resource Hub to find credible resources, tools, templates, contacts to local DEI practitioners and local organizations, all of which will assist you in creating impactful DEI strategies.
- Please email me at [email protected] with any questions you have about DEI. As a part of CODE, we also want to build custom resources in collaboration with experts and local organizations that fill identified gaps by our members.
Upcoming CODE Events:
- CODE 101 | November 16
- CODE Workshop | Supporting Job Seekers and Employees with Learning and Intellectual Disabilities | November 25
- Diwali | November 4
- Remembrance Day | November 11
- Transgender Day of Remembrance | November 20
- Hanukkah | November 28