ASSESSMENT QUESTION OF THE MONTH:
Does your organization ensure that all leaders/managers and supervisory staff are trained and are knowledgeable about respectful and inclusive workplaces?
Respect and inclusion is a multi-faceted topic; people have questions and complex situations arise in the workplace.
What can you do to ensure that leaders/managers and supervisors are knowledgeable and continue to learn?
- Training only at the outset of an initiative will not ensure that attitudes and behaviours change.
- Multiple training channels ensures that respect and inclusion is not a separate, isolated initiatve, but is part of how the organization operates.
- Training can be formal and informal; e.g., principles and expectations should be clear in orientation manuals/training; tool box talks, lunch and learns; in classroom, online course and social media.
- Training should be part of an ongoing strategy.
- BuildForce Canada. Online Respect & Inclusion Toolkit. Release Date: late 2018.
- BuildForce Canada. Strategies and Best Practices for the Recruitment, Retention, and Employment of Older Workers in the Construction Industry. 2011. See buildforce.ca/en/catalog/recruitment/older-workers.
- Newsweek Vantage. Achieving Results: Diversity & Inclusion Actions with Impact. 2017. See newsweek.com/diversity-inclusion-actions-impact-download-workplace-articles-study-689453. Accessed January 14, 2018.
This project has been funded by Status of Women Canada.