Our organization is striving to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected because of their difference – a place where every employee can be themselves so they can reach their potential and help us achieve our business goals.
We want our business to be innovative and productive so we can deliver the best services to our clients and we need diversity to help us achieve this. The more we collaborate the closer we get to living in a truly inclusive community. This diversity and inclusion strategy provides us with a road map to create an inclusive workplace. To help us achieve this, we need the commitment of every employee to understand what we are trying to achieve, to work together and be open to change. This strategy is everyone’s responsibility and I encourage you to get involved.
To have a respectful and supportive workplace that enables us to attract and retain a diverse workforce that represents our clients and community.
This strategy is a continuous plan to help us achieve our business and people goals. It provides a shared direction and commitment for the organization so we can work together to respect and value our diverse workforce and build a more inclusive workplace.
It comprises three key goals and identifies the priorities and actions we will implement in stages. It outlines the key roles and responsibilities and how we will track progress and measure success.
Workforce diversity: Recruit from a diverse, qualified group of candidates to increase the diversity of thinking and perspective
Workplace inclusion: Foster a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable all employees to contribute to their potential and increase retention
Sustainability and accountability: Identify and breakdown systemic barriers to full inclusion by embedding diversity and inclusion in policies and practices and equipping leaders with the ability to manage diversity and be accountable for the results
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY
All employees have the responsibility to maintain an environment that is safe, respectful, and productive. Everyone has the right to be treated fairly within the workplace in an environment that recognizes and accepts diversity. We can all contribute by participating in workplace diversity and inclusion activities and opportunities and complying with all anti-discrimination and workplace diversity legislation. Principals and project engineers can contribute by displaying a positive commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, being role models, fostering an inclusive workplace culture, dealing quickly and effectively with inappropriate behavior and participating in diversity training, and encouraging team members to attend. The success of the strategy is dependent upon the support of everyone in the department. Everyone has a responsibility for contributing to a culture that supports and values diversity and inclusion.