Category: Diversity & Inclusion

Modern H.O.T. Leadership (Honest, Open, and Transparent)

March 6, 2021
I believe in H.O.T. leadership which stands for Honest, Open and Transparent leadership. H.O.T. is the style of leadership that is going to be necessary to navigate and lead organizations...

The value BIPOC leaders bring to corporate risk management

February 6, 2021
Over two dozen studies have found an association between diverse boards and better financial performance and corporate governance. With so many complex challenges facing organizations, it's wise to avoid blind...

Is Workplace Authenticity Practical or a Myth?

January 9, 2021
Given the recent and prolonged attention paid to social justice issues including systemic discrimination, it’s easy to understand why Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), people with disabilities, and...

Hiring for Best Fit, Without Bias

October 10, 2020
Many people talk about hiring for 'best fit' in ways that sound compelling. In this blog, Dr. Helen explains how several types of assessment biases can creep into the hiring...

Feel Like an Impostor? Maybe You’re Just an Outlier …

August 22, 2020
Much has been written about the Impostor Syndrome but people who are outliers because of a quality that is peripheral to their skills and abilities (e.g., their gender, race, ethnicity,...

The One That Got Away: Being Passed over for Promotion

June 13, 2020
Lately, with so much attention being paid to systemic racism it is a reminder that people of colour are less represented as one climbs up the corporate ladder. This means...

Surviving in Interesting Times – The Multigenerational Workforce

January 25, 2020
For the first time in history, four different generations are in the workplace simultaneously. This is fertile ground for creativity ... and conflict.

Alcohol and the Modern Holiday Work Party

December 14, 2019
Times have changed. Seeing movies and hearing stories about the annual Christmas parties in the past is a real eye-opener. Now, between worries around social anxiety, religious practices, addictions, and...

What We Can Learn About Hiring from Viral Posts and Basketball

July 6, 2019
In this article, I use a viral post from LinkedIn and Barack Obama's insights about the Toronto Raptors' historic 2019 NBA Championship to describe what we can learn about hiring...

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

June 8, 2019
Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 2)

May 25, 2019
In part two of this guest blog, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain employers' human rights and human...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 1)

May 18, 2019
In part one of this two-part Q&A, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain how human rights and human...

Digital Discrimination – The Algorithm is Rigged

May 4, 2019
Dr. Helen shows how seemingly neutral software platforms and their algorithms are facilitating new forms of age, race, and other forms of digital discrimination. Many potential applicants don’t even know...

Death by 1000 papercuts … how this happens at work

March 23, 2019
When examining a person’s decline in personal wellness and productivity while on the job, rarely is it one catastrophic act that makes them feel almost sick at the thought going...

The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder than it Looks …

March 9, 2019
Recently, I was asked to speak at an International Women’s Day event that was being organized by Sigma Beta Phi Sorority (University of Ottawa). I was intrigued, I have not...

Covering at Work – The Pros and Cons of Being Ourselves at Work

October 27, 2018
According to a report published by Deloitte, a surprisingly high number of people actively cover up aspects of their identities in the workplace that they believe are unwelcome and/or stigmatized.

Incidental Networking and the Hidden Value of a Diverse Network

September 8, 2018
In my experience, it’s clear that some people think it’s better to have a specific type of network. The unstated implication is that the best networks only include certain types...

Are you a workplace dad? Do you know a workplace dad?

June 16, 2018
Most of us have known a kind-hearted woman who people would say was “like a mom to everyone.” The expression “work spouse” has become a popular way of describing significant-yet-completely-platonic...

Racism … Is it at your place of work?

June 2, 2018
So, here’s the question in my mind: even if well-intentioned, does one day of sensitivity or anti-bias training change the racial discrimination that will ultimately exist in organizations? The short...

Visible Disabilities … the unseen problems in the workplace

March 24, 2018
In the past, I've written about the experience of silently struggling with invisible disabilities. In this article, I address the challenges that people with visible disabilities face, and how often...

Are you a newcomer with career drive? Find out how not to crash.

March 17, 2018
Dr. Helen Ofosu describes a recent encounter with a foreign-trained worker and newcomer to Canada who now works as an Uber driver. He wishes he had met her sooner, his...

Q&A with Dr. Helen on Neurodiversity

February 24, 2018
Some of these big corporate players are seeing the benefits of hiring and leveraging the abilities of neurodiverse workers. I’m excited to see the light starting to shine on neurodiversity as...

It’s Impolite to Discuss Politics at Work – But What About Values?

August 19, 2017
We’re all entitled to our political and religious beliefs, and we’re entitled to keep those private. With that said, when it comes to values, our silence speaks volumes.

Coded Language and Dog Whistle Expressions

May 12, 2017
A while back, a business associate reached out to me with an urgent and problematic situation. She was stumped by a situation and she knew I’d have some ideas. The...

Silent Suffering – The Struggle of Invisible Disabilities

December 28, 2016
All your life you’ve been viewed as an ‘able-bodied’ person. So far you’ve been fortunate right? This may not be entirely accurate. Disability isn’t always visible; in fact, it can...

Career Challenges for Newcomers to Canada

October 23, 2016
Immigrants and newcomers to Canada often face many career challenges. Despite the odds, many immigrants and newcomers succeed while others don't do as well. There's more to the story than...