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Diversity, day to day

In March 2012, and for the second straight year, Deloitte was included on the list of companies with the best diversity policies in Canada. Canada’s Best Diversity Employers is a program sponsored by Mediacorp and BMO Financial Group which assesses the strength of company diversity policies and practices. Each company is ranked against companies in the same industry. Knowing how many other companies are doing great work in diversity and inclusion, we were deeply honoured to receive this recognition.

We especially appreciate the support and commitment of the leaders of our firm in the progress we’ve made in building an inclusive environment. We also recognize that this is an ongoing process and so we’d like share with you some of our ongoing initiatives.

Cultural intelligence

Managing successful multicultural teams can supercharge innovation. It starts by understanding the different perspectives and knowledge people bring, then putting the cultural differences to work. Check out this Deloitte podcast on cultural diversity as a key driver of innovation and growth in business, featuring Martha Maznevski of IMD.

Gender intelligence

Misunderstandings between men and women in the workplace can lead to mistrust, job dissatisfaction and lower productivity. Helping both genders understand and overcome the myths each holds about the other can go a long way toward more effective workplaces. Barbara Annis sums it up well in this Globe and Mail article.

Flexibility in the workplace

Having a level of control over when, where and how you get your work done is a powerful motivator for employees and makes it easier for men and women with families or other interests outside of work to manage their schedules. We held an internal Yammer session on the topic and received many very good ideas on how to make flexibility a reality at work. A concept that has proven to be successful for Best Buy and the Gap headquarter employees is the “results-only work environment,” described in this Bloomberg article.

And for a prediction on the future of the workplace from Deloitte’s Center for the Edge read The Empowered Employee is Coming; is the World Ready?

Would you like to learn more about diversity in the workplace? Are there diversity practices that have brought your company success? Share them with me by email.

Jane

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Paul Held
Jane Allen
Chief Diversity Officer
Jane is a partner in charge of Deloitte’s diversity vision and the leader of the firm’s power and utilities practice.

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