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Diversity in the Workplace

Last checked March-April 2024 by Monty Young & Setav Kamal, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum students.

The Basics

  • Bruno, Natasha. “Workforce diversity is essential, but what does real inclusion look like?” CBC, Mar.28, 2019. Read Article
  • Christus-Ranjan, Antona. “Unpacking Equity.” Public Policy and Governance Review, Apr 2. 2018. Outlines four aspects of the Canadian workforce which should be paid attention to. Read Article
  • “Diversity & Inclusion (in 2020).” YouTube, uploaded by What You Need to Know, Apr. 25, 2018. This video explores the advantages of having a diverse workforce and shows changes that are being made to create an inclusive environment. Watch Video
  • Eswaran, Vijay. “The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace is now Overwhelming.” World Economic Forum, Apr. 29, 2019. Read Article
  • J. Ely, Robin and David A. Thomas. “Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case.” Harvard Business Review, Dec. 2020. To maximize the benefits of diversity, organizations should adopt a learning mindset, revamp culture and power structures. Leaders must foster trust, confront bias, welcome diverse perspectives, and utilize employees’ experiences to improve operations. Read Article
  • Middleton, Amy. “How to Make a Magazine. Finding Diverse Writers.” Archer Magazine, Apr. 10, 2017. Read Article
  • Pedulla, David. “Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work.” Harvard Business Review, May 12, 2020. Read Article
  • “What Diversity Really Means, and Why it’s Crucial in the Workplace.” BetterUp, May 24, 2023. Read site.
  • “What is Diversity in the Workplace?” Give a Grad a Go, Aug. 21, 2019. Read Article
  • Walker, Caleb. “Why diversity and inclusion in the workplace aren’t interchangeable” Toronto Star, June 22, 2022. Read Article
  • “Why Diversity Matters and How You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace.” University of South Florida, Jan. 17, 2023. Read Site
  • Zojceska, Anja. “Top 10 Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace.” TalentLyft, Dec. 19, 2018. Read Article

How to Build a Diverse Workplace

  • “Better Allies.” A series of guides focused on building diverse workplaces through allyship practices. Visit Site
  • Carrasco, Jennifer. “Companies Should Strive to Create Diversity in the Workplace.” Forbes. Feb. 23, 2023. Explains why diversity is important and how to build a diverse workplace. Read Article
  • Grossmann, Cristian. “5 Ways to Promote Diversity in the Workplace Through Employee Engagement.” Oct. 29, 2020. Read Article
  • “How To Build An Anti-Racist Workplace.” Hone, Aug. 6, 2020. Transcript is available. Watch Video
  • 10 Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace.” Carson College of Business, Jan. 14, 2021. Read Article
  • Workplace diversity: Why it’s good for business” Bdc. Read Article
  • The case of unpacking cultural competence” CCDI, Apr. 8, 2021. Read article

A Deeper Dive

  • Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. An organization dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion practices in Canada, their website has a plethora of resources. Visit Site
  • “2023 Diversity Disclosure Practices – Diversity and leadership at Canadian public companies.” Osler. An annual report on gender in the workplace, particularly on boards and in executive positions. Read Report
  • Dobbin, Frank and Alexandra Kalev. “Why Diversity Programs Fail.” Harvard Business Review, July 2016. Read Article
  • Saha, Anamik. “Diversity Initiatives Don’t Work, They Just Make Things Worse: The Ideological Function of Diversity in the Cultural Industries.” Media Diversified, Feb. 16, 2017. Read Article
  • Stevens, Pippa. “Companies are Making Bold Promises About Greater Diversity, But There’s a Long Way to Go.” CNBC, Jun. 11, 2020. Read Article
  • “Women in the Workplace 2020.” McKinsey & Company, Sep. 30, 2020. An article about the annual report from the United States that focuses on gender parity, with emphasis on possible impacts of Covid-19 in the year 2020. Read Article

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