Black Lives Matter has brought to the forefront of an underlying issue that has existed in society for decades. We have a discrimination issue. Canada is no different. It exists in all areas of life, including the workplace.
Sheila Block, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, believes discrimination is an issue in the Canadian job market.
Here is what she had to say to Global News:
“Very few people wake up in the morning and decide they want to be discriminatory,” she says. “What people need to do to address this is to look at their employment systems. So the first thing that you need is you need some data and you have to look at it and say, ‘Does my workforce reflect the population around us?’ And if it doesn’t, who’s not at the table, who’s not being hired and why aren’t they being hired?”
A poll by Boston Consulting Group identified that even though Canadian businesses are taking steps to minimize discrimination in their hiring practices, there is still work to do. The poll found:
The Statistics Canada 150 study found that:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission defines discrimination as:
“…an action or a decision that treats a person or a group badly for reasons such as their race, age or disability. These reasons, also called grounds, are protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
There are many ways your hiring practices could be discriminatory. The most common are:
Are your recruiting and hiring practices discriminatory? They could be without you even knowing it. It happened to us here at IQ PARTNERS. Even though we want our organization to be diverse and feel like we’re doing our best, we’ve fallen short particularly at the senior leadership level. We’ve created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to address the issue now, but how did we get here? There are many companies that unintentionally have a hiring bias and discriminatory practices. A lot has to do with your hiring practices and processes. Here we’ll outline the common types of discrimination and identify some ways your hiring practices could be discriminatory.
Here are some of the most common ways your hiring practices could be discriminating against some of your applicants:
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Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.