Ready the Workplace

Make the first day on the job easy on everyone.

  • Let your current employees know what is happening. Giving everyone some time to think about and discuss working with someone from another country can help them avoid awkward reactions when a new Canadian shows up for his or her first day at work.
  • Assign your new employee a buddy who is responsible for showing them around and introducing them to people when they first start.
  • Provide placement support and direction – help the new employee find housing, navigate the community, and tap into local cultural agencies.
  • Establish policies around inclusion and share them with your current employees.

The opportunities in HR have to be part of the business plan.
– David Lau, Executive Director, Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

The delaware education department also is working on a harvest this model curriculum that would better prepare students for college or technical careers