The folks at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) have partnered with Employment & Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Sonia Kang (University of Toronto) to create a guide that outlines what does and does not work to improve workplace equity. Here’s more from them:
Advancing equity in the workplace is an urgent priority for employers. But it’s hard to know what strategies actually work and are worth investing in.
This practical guide summarises actions that have been shown to improve workplace outcomes (and those that haven’t) for members of designated groups under Canada’s Employment Equity Act – women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities (Black people and people of colour).
Developed in partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada and Dr. Sonia Kang, Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion, this guide builds on BIT’s prior research on gender equity, offering a massive update in an area where insights are rapidly changing.
- Removing biassed language from job ads—shown effective for women
- Improving workplace flexibility for everyone—promising for Indigenous peoples
- Providing diversity or unconscious bias training—take caution for women and members of visible minority groups (Black people and people of colour)