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Our World Map: Racist, Realistic or Obsolete?

Our World Map: Racist, Realistic or Obsolete?

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Our western worldview of the dominance of Europe and North America has been largely influenced by mapmakers from 500 years ago. The map above is the Mercator Map or Mercator Projection – a cylindrical projection first developed in 1569 by Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator. Unfortunately, it is not only inaccurate, it is also Euro-centric. The […]

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Why Do I Care If You are Married? Personal Information on Resumes from Asian Job Candidates

New immigrants – and the managers who hire them – often think that language and technical skills can be universally recognized and that it is those skills alone that determine the success of a professional – regardless of their country of origin. However, we now know that sometimes extremely competent, educated new immigrants do not […]

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How Does Immigration Detention Work in Canada?

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With the migrant crisis on top of mind in the United States and in the Mediterranean countries, many Canadians are asking how the immigration process works at our borders. Who would know the answer better to this question than Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness! Here is his take: Every day, […]

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Niqabs and Hijabs in Your Workplace?

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How and to what degree women cover themselves can be about a sense of style, a cultural choice or a religious requirement. Some women focus on ‘no skin showing’ (and therefore cover their arms as devout Mormon women in North America do). Muslim women’s clothing choices range from modest attire to full body covering. The […]

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The Bottom Line and the Argument for Gratitude

In previous articles, we discussed the process for and the importance of giving both negative and positive feedback to those you supervise and manage. Negative feedback is a tool to stop subordinates from displaying inappropriate behaviour. Positive feedback encourages employees to continue working in an effective, productive manner. But what about giving positive feedback to […]

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The Problem With Immigrants and Handshakes

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All candidates in an interview process are attempting to impress the interviewer with their skills, education and attitude. New immigrants are no different in this desire. However, a new immigrant’s way of speaking, gesturing – even sitting – may sabotage their success. In spite of the candidate’s motivation being in the right place and the […]

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Why Asian Applicants Hesitate to Boast (Why Canadian Leaders Miss Out On Ideal Candidates)

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  In Canada, we believe that someone is qualified to do a job when they have held a similar position in another organization. A successful candidate would demonstrate their experience which aligns with the advertised position by detailing their achievements, accomplishments, responsibilities and results. Canadian managers expect to see this specialization of experience on a […]

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How To Decode The Resume of A New Immigrant So You Hire the Best

Resumes of culturally different candidates can complicate the goal of matching a position with the best possible candidate. Resumes of recent immigrants may look different that those of native born Canadians and to avoid eliminating good potential candidates because of an out-of-the-ordinary resume, managers and HR professionals need to look beyond the resume and decode […]

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The Handshake and Eye Contact: Cultural Conundrums!

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Even as we become a more culturally aware nation, two areas of non-verbal behaviour continue to vex clear workplace communications: the handshake and eye contact.   Consider your beliefs about handshakes. Do you believe that a handshake conveys more than a simple greeting, such as degrees of confidence or professionalism? How do you interpret a […]

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Should We Have Religion in the Workplace?

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The traditions and practices that separate faiths (or even denominations within religious communities) can be confusing. Unfortunately, when we are uninformed about religious practices and beliefs that differ from our own, we are more likely to depend on media sound bites and their extreme references to inform our decisions. So regardless of whether we think […]

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