Move Forward – Creating Inclusion in Contemporary Work
YWCAs across the country work to advance gender equity for women and gender-diverse people. That includes work around economic empowerment.
Our work is centred on the following key areas to ensure women and gender-diverse people know that there’s a place for them in today’s economy by:
- Enabling and equipping women and gender-diverse people from marginalized identities in achieving their full potential
- Making sure community members have information and support to make the best economic decisions for themselves and their families
- Working with employers and policy-makers to create employment environments that speak to the needs of women and gender-diverse people, including meaningful labour protections and employment standards, pay equity, action on workplace violence, recruitment, retention and advancement models grounded in a gender-equity lens and retraining and reskilling programs that allow for accessible participation from women and gender-diverse people.
New training series on employment equity
The way we work has changed. Employers need to work creatively and intentionally to make sure they are building work environments where all employees can thrive.
In this three module training series, we will unpack:
- the nuances, opportunities and challenges of navigating hybrid work and performance management.
- strategies for identifying and addressing subtle acts of exclusion. Knowing how to have these conversations in an open and honest manner will assist individuals and organizations in creating spaces where employees have a sense of belonging and mutual respect.
- what it means for an organization to be trauma-informed, and how workplaces can create conditions that foster safety, trust, and compassion, resulting in diverse, respectful and productive teams
The information presented in these training modules is based on the YWCA Canada Movement’s on-the-ground experiences, and it reflects the needs, expertise, and wisdom of the women and gender-diverse people served by YWCAs across Canada.
We welcome employers, people managers and business leaders to this powerful movement to create more equitable and safer work environments for women and gender-diverse people.
This series is presented through funding from the Government of Canada’s Department of Women and Gender Equality and the Future Skills Centre.
Creating Inclusion in Contemporary Work Training Modules
Training Module One: Hybrid Work and Performance Management
Employers and employees have been leaning into the benefits of hybrid work environments. In this session we unpack some of the nuances and challenges of navigating hybrid work and performance management. Join us and learn how to reimagine policies, practices and culture to put people first, regardless of where they work.
Learning objectives for this session:
- Recognize the opportunities and gaps created by hybrid team environments
- Review workflow policies and performance measurement practices from an equity lens.
- Re-imagine employee well-being and workplace culture
- Hybrid work: Making it fit with your diversity, equity and inclusion strategy | McKinsey – Learn more about the benefits of hybrid work arrangements and the opportunities and challenges they present to diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and practices.
- Successful Hybrid Work Models Have These 5 Things in Common – Dive into the promising practices and key differentiators of successful hybrid work models.
- Why Showing Your Face at Work Matters – Learn more about Proximity Bias.
- Offering flexible schedules can lead to better team productivity | Salesforce – Browse this website to discover more about the right digital tools and best practices.
Training Module Two: Bold Steps to Inclusion
In this session, we unpack strategies for identifying and addressing subtle acts of exclusion (more commonly known as microaggressions) to allow all employees to feel a sense of belonging and mutual respect.
Learning objectives for this session:
- Foreground microaggressions and subtle acts of exclusion that often occur at the workplace
- Cover some tactical steps to fostering inclusion
- Discuss how inclusive language and appropriate actions can help to foster deeper connections at work
- Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions – Dr. Tiffany Jana – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzL8tUmT3IU
- Tiffany Jana, Michael Baran (Berrett-Koehle) (2020). Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions.
- Derald Wing Sue, Cassandra Z. Calle, Narolyn Mendez, Sarah Alsaidi, Elizabeth Glaeser (Wiley) (2020). Microintervention Strategies: What You Can Do to Disarm and Dismantle Individual and Systemic Racism and Bias.
- Jackie Ferguson, Roxanne Bellamy (Diversity Movement) (2022). The Inclusive Language Handbook: A Guide to Better Communication and Transformational Leadership.
- The Micropedia of Microaggressions – Browse this website to learn about microaggressions and their impact.
- Anti-racism Resources | Public Service Alliance of Canada – Browse this website for a list of anti-racism resources.
- Anti-racism resources – Canada.ca Browse this website for a list of anti-racism resources.
- Implicit Bias – Workplace Strategies for Mental Health – Browse this website for information and resources to learn more about implicit bias.
- White Supremacy Culture Characteristics – Browse this website to learn about the white supremacy culture’s effects.
- antio Archives – COCo – Browse this website to learn how to foster inclusive, social-justice-oriented organizations.
- The Decolonial Toolbox: An Educational Pathway – Mikana – Browse this website to learn more about Indigenous history and contemporary realities.
- Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk, Jon R. Conte (2009). Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
- The 50 – 30 Challenge – Want to take your equity and diversity initiatives to the next level? The What Works Toolkit has got you covered! This online toolkit includes actionable steps and policies to help you recruit, mentor, and promote diverse talent, while fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace.
Training Module 3: Advancing Trauma-Informed Approaches in the Workplace
In this session, we dive into what it means to be trauma-informed as an organization and how workplaces can build environments that cultivate safety, trust and compassion that ultimately lead to diverse and productive teams.
Learning objectives for this session:
- Understand the impact of trauma on workplace behavior and performance.
- Guiding trauma-informed organizations.
- Trauma-informed approaches, and identify and surface needs or resources.
- SAMHSA’s TIP Series on Trauma (2014). This series of publications from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers guidance on creating trauma-informed workplaces.
- Policy Guidance for Trauma-Informed Human Resources Practices (2017). Missouri Trauma Table Department of Mental Health.
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Workforce (2021) National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
- Harris, M., & Fallot, R. (Eds.) (2001). Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems. New Directions for Mental Health Services. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. (2014). SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative.
- Trauma Informed and Culturally Appropriate Approaches in the Workplace. (2019). Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)
- Van Der Kolk, Bessel, M.D. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Viking.
- Manning, Katherine (2022) We need Trauma- Informed Workplaces – Harvard Business Review.
- The TIDE project aims to adopt Trauma-Informed Practice as a framework centered on the understanding that many forms of violence and trauma impact staff, clients, and the broader communities served by YWCA Toronto. It is based on the principles of holistic, strength-based service delivery.
- Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care (2018) A brief with practical recommendations for taking foundational steps towards becoming a trauma-informed organization.
Learn about the Labour Market Access Projects and stay tuned for upcoming events!
- Born to be Bold – Measuring success for women’s access to the labour market
- Synergy – Workforce Development for Vulnerable Women to Succeed
- Leadership & Learning Hub
- In Good Company
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