Cross-cultural training is essential – five things you need to know

Cross-cultural training is essential – five things you need to knowCulture impacts everything we do, at work, and at home. While cultural values, beliefs, and norms are invisible, they fundamentally influence our behaviour – in many ways we do not realize!
With the growing diversity and mobility of today’s workforce, cross-cultural challenges and opportunities are present in every work environment; you no longer have to be an international organization to experience what have previously been deemed global challenges.

World Day of Cultural Diversity (May 21) provides us with a perfect opportunity to deepen our understanding of the influence of culture by uncovering five important basics that every business leader should know about cross-cultural competency and learning.…

Transgenderism and diversity in the workplace

Transgenderism and diversity in the workplace

Did you know that 2-5% of the population have some form of gender dysphoria?

What is gender dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is a clinical diagnosis describing an individual who feels strongly that they are not the gender they physically appear to be. The term dysphoria means dissatisfaction, anxiety or restlessness; those who identify with a gender other than their physical body experience all of this and more. Gender dysphoric people experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide.

What is transgender?

A transgender person is someone whose gender identity or expression differs from the conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity.

Respect in the workplace: Why it’s important and how we can help


Blonde man facing away from viewer interviewing young womanBy Sue-Ann Maislin, Senior Consultant, Workplace Learning Solutions.

A respectful workplace creates productive and engaged employees. On the other hand, workplaces where employees feel disrespected experience high levels of turnover, conflict, grievances, and low levels of engagement, attendance and productivity.

The Human Resources Director for one of our clients approached us seeking a solution to the following:

An employee alleged that two colleagues (one of them her supervisor) often made demeaning comments and joked about her appearance, ethnicity and gender.   She asked them to stop but was ignored. One morning, she found an offensive cartoon affixed to her locker; her coworkers and supervisors stood nearby laughing.…