Cross-Cultural Competency Training for Employers

The HIO cross-cultural competency training is designed to equip employers, HR Professionals, and people managers with practical skills, strategies and tools needed to increase cultural competencies and prepare workplaces for a culturally diverse employee base.

Why Cross-Cultural Competency?

There are seven modules in this suite of professional development training sessions. These stand-alone sessions give you the flexibility of choosing the topics of interest to you or most relevant to your workplace. Each session is delivered in a small group setting, by a professional facilitator with expertise in cultural competency.

You will receive a Cross-Cultural Competency Certificate of Training after completing four sessions.

These interactive virtual workshops are delivered via the Zoom platform.
Sessions are free, but space is limited. You must register in advance.

Introduction to Cultural Competency Building

In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Topics covered include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural adaptation affects workplace effectiveness; communication styles (how we interact through conversation; non-verbal communication (75% of our message); and problem-solving – cross-cultural case studies.

Learning Objectives: In this Learning Session you will learn:

1) How to apply five key cultural competency components in your workplace.
2) How to effectively perceive, interpret and evaluate workplace behaviours and challenges with skilled immigrants.

June 25, 2024 (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

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Inter-Cultural Problem-Solving Strategies

Most intercultural workplace conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a problem-solving paradigm to analyze case studies; and identifying aspects of culture that may be present in workplace interactions.

Learning Objectives: In this session you will learn:

1) To identify and address communication style differences and non-verbal issues in the workplace
2) To identify potential Hofstede Dimensions as part of behavioral interactions in the workplace
3) How to apply a cross-cultural problem-solving paradigm in your workplace.

When: July 16, 2024 (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

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Creating the Workplace that Accommodates Effectively

In this interactive session, we will explore keys to successful accommodation strategies, focusing on: the relationship between cultural integration and accommodation; accommodating different cultural norms and reasonable practices in accommodation; systemic inclusion and accommodation; and using a problem-solving paradigm to analyze case studies.

Learning Objectives: In this Learning Session you will learn:

1) Creative strategies that can move your diversity & inclusion policies and efforts forward
2) To integrate different cultural norms and reasonable practices when accommodating skilled immigrants

When: August 13, 2024 (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

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