Businesses can benefit from immigrant talent by implementing programs and practices to help immigrants overcome systemic barriers.
However, systemic barriers to the integration and retention of international talent in Canadian workplaces (such as discrimination, discrepancies in recognizing foreign qualifications, lack of workplace integration and diversity training programs) must be addressed.
The Conference Board of Canada report, Immigrant-Friendly Businesses: Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces, looks at what businesses need to do to attract, hire and retain international top talent.
The report is based on an analysis of award-winning business programs and practices, and a series of key informant interviews, and provides insights that businesses can use to more effectively leverage the skills, knowledge and creative capacity of international talent.
The report lays out how businesses can design and implement various “immigrant-friendly” practices, including:
- attraction and recruitment practices, including expanding recruitment methods and recognizing international work experience
- integration and development practices, including communication skills training programs and workplace mentoring programs
- retention practices, including effective ways to promote cultural awareness