June 2011 - This Issue
New research shows skilled immigrants help companies grow globally and locally
One Stride Closer: Psychological Considerations of the Immigrant Career Transition
ETC  global news briefs
MVP  diversity champions
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TOP 10 Ways to Recognize and Motivate your Diverse Telecommute Workforce
 
June 2011
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New research shows skilled immigrants help companies grow globally and locally
New numbers back up the business case for hiring skilled immigrants. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) engaged EKOS to survey employers about their hiring practices of newcomers. According to the results, one in five employers has hired a skilled immigrant to help them expand globally and locally, and feels that employees with international education and experience are effective in helping them meet their business goals.... [read more]
One Stride Closer: Psychological Considerations of the Immigrant Career Transition
Each year Canada welcomes some 200,000 immigrants – over half of which are “skilled” – eager to develop successful careers in their new country.1 Government initiatives and settlement agencies provide a wide array of programs designed to facilitate their entrance into the Canadian labour market. Although 80% of Canada’s immigrants succeed in finding full-time employment after two years of arrival2, this career transition is often defined by underemployment, casual and part-time positions, forced occupational change, and/or lower levels of income.

Although skilled immigrants gradually improve their professional standing and income levels, the psychological effects of this career transition can have profound impacts on their job prospects and long-term emotional well-being. Understanding these challenges may help career counsellors, vocational psychologists, and settlement workers better support successful and healthy career transitions. Burnout and professional identity loss are two areas to consider when providing such support... [read more]
ETC  global news briefs
United States

"The current recession has done little to help women, minority and older writers move ahead in the Hollywood industry relative to their male, white and younger counterparts,'' says the 2011 Hollywood Writers Report. The study by the Writers Guild of America, West tracked employment and earnings by ethnicity, gender and age for film and TV writers between 2008 and 2009 and found that while the earnings gap between minorities and white writers has more than doubled since 2007, the number of minorities in feature films has fallen to 5% from 6% in 2007. The findings also showed that the gender pay gap between male and female writers increased by 84% between 2007 and 2009. Meanwhile the employment rate for older writers between the ages of 41 and 50 remained flat at 61%. For a summary of key findings: http://www.wga.org/uploadedFiles/who_we_are/hwr11execsum.pdf.... [ read more ]
MVP  diversity champions
RTNDA Canada has recognized excellence in electronic journalism in the Atlantic Region and awarded its RTNDA Canada Awards to the best programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in both radio and television. Winner of this year’s Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity was Radio Canada Acadie for Les gais dans les Forces canadiennes: un parcours difficile. This year’s Central Region Adrienne Clarkson Award winners were CP24 for Holocaust Education Week (TV) and CBC Radio One for Turning Point Town Hall (radio). In the BC Region, the winners were CTV British Columbia for Grieving Mother Sculptor (TV) and CBC Radio for New Comers’ Names (radio)...[ read more ]
Top 10 Ways to Recognize and Motivate your Diverse Telecommute Workforce
BY ROY SAUNDERSON
 
Most companies have been growing their telecommuter and virtual staff over the years. With the accepted business practices across social networking, IM, webinars, Skype, and other online tools, virtual teams have grown. And, now, with the unprecedented high gas prices, being able to attract and retain talented and diverse workers, companies find themselves expanding these programs. 

Shama Kabani, President of The Marketing Zen Group believes companies will get more from their workers when they permit telecommuting part or full-time.  Launching her social media marketing 2 years ago, she now has 27 full-time virtual employees across the globe and says out of site should never mean out of mind.

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In Quotes
"You don't have to force diversity. What you need to do is hire people based on merit and if you just do that and focus on it, you'll probably be diverse. There are plenty of good candidates."

~ Stephen A. Sheller, Principal Sheller, P.C.