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Workplace Culture Program

Workplace Culture Program

The Workplace Culture Program helps Nova Scotian employers by:

  • raising awareness of the benefits of cross-cultural talents and experience
  • identifying methods by which an organization can improve its cross-cultural competence
  • improving the ability to retain immigrant employees

Immigrants entering the workforce are a source of labour market growth. They bring benefits such as innovation, determination, and connections – to potential partners, suppliers and customers. Retaining talented immigrant employees brings competitive advantage and is a key factor in becoming an employer of choice.

For information about Workplace Culture training programs and presentations please contact:

Paul Pickering    902-406-8693  |  ppickering@isans.ca

Presentations on Workplace Culture

Provide an engaging overview of services, the immigration context and an opportunity to ask questions. Presentations average 30-60 minutes in length, according to employer requirements.

Live-Streaming Workshops

Introduction to Workplace Culture

A 2-hour discussion-led workshop on Workplace Culture showing the direct relationship between your organization’s success and the building of a cross-culturally inclusive workplace.

Objectives:  by the end of this workshop you will have

  • An enhanced understanding of your organization’s unique culture
  • A greater appreciation of the value immigrants can bring to your organization
  • An overview of Employer Support Services and specifically the Workplace Culture Program

Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, December 13, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, January 17, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, April 18, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, April 18, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Introduction to the “Immigrant-Friendly” Workplace

A 2-hour workshop exploring the question “What makes a workplace supportive to immigrants?”

Objectives:  by the end of this workshop you will have

  • An understanding of the meaning of “Immigrant- Friendly Workplace”
  • Familiarity with 6 key areas of employer development
  • An overview of Employer Support Services and specifically the Workplace Culture program

Dates:

  • Friday, October 13, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, November 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 14, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Thursday, January 18, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Thursday, February 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Friday, March 23, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Thursday, April 19, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Friday, May 18, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Thursday, June 21, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Live-streaming to employers in Nova Scotia is free.

Live-streaming to employers outside of Nova Scotia is now available for a fee of $99.

Live-stream Registration

Please fill out the registration form here.

 

Workshops at Employer Location

Workplace Assessment

Whether urban, rural, large or very small, every workplace has a workplace culture. These 1-hour assessments generate snapshots, providing an opportunity to determine whether your workplace culture is bringing you benefit or harm. We tailor the assessment to meet the key areas of your business. The coordinator can then assist you in planning what to do next.

Workplace Culture Themed Workshops

These workshops are interactive and use a variety of learning and skill–building approaches to raise self-awareness and support you in the effective retention of immigrants in the workplace. Workshops are modified according to number of attendees and your requirements; delivered in 90 minutes or ½ day session. There is no required order, and workshops target different audiences.

    • Building a Cross-Culturally Competent Workplace. Workplace Culture is complex. There are visible components, like how employees dress and the layout of the reception space. There are invisible components, like expectations about punctuality and how to lead a department or team. This workshop gives you practical tips for building a cross-culturally competent workplace.
    • Supporting Immigrants in the Workplace. It takes time to get new employees up to speed. Effective support enables quicker integration and the realization of organizational investment. The benefits an immigrant brings to the workplace can best occur with a wide variety of direct and indirect support. This workshop identifies existing support and ways to improve it.
    • Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution. Making decisions with cross-cultural implications can be challenging. In this workshop you will learn practical skills to negotiate cross-cultural situations, using real-life examples.
    • Cross-Cultural Leadership Excellence. Leading a cross-cultural team brings communication challenges. We all have biases about the “right” way to do things, and when these expectations are cross-cultural, organizational leaders need to be ready. This workshop provides organizational leaders with straightforward cross-cultural communication and organizational tips and ideas.

 

For information about Workplace Culture training programs and presentations please contact:

Paul Pickering    902-406-8693  |  ppickering@isans.ca