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Written by Patrick Valois While many offices are settling into some version of a hybrid workplace, the need to connect with one another is as important as ever. Whether it’s due to a hybrid work schedule, a remote work position or a snowstorm, it’s now commonplace to hold meetings with some participants joining online while … Read more

 If you’re familiar with the 5 Monkeys Experiment, narrated several years ago here, you’ll know it accurately portrays most organizational cultures; that we tend to do things the way they’ve always been done. Organizations and their people rarely revisit these ways of doing things or challenge whether the reason behind it still holds any merit.   The … Read more

If you’ve heard the term “facilitator” used in a professional setting but aren’t quite sure what it is, you’re not alone. Anyone who’s worked as a professional facilitator has more than likely been to countless parties, weddings or gatherings where introductions went something like this: Stranger: “…and what do you do for work?” Facilitator: “I work for … Read more

Accessible practices in organizing and facilitating virtual events present both challenges and opportunities. In this series we offer some of our lessons learned from recent projects in which accessibility took center stage. Part one of this series is all about preparation. Preparing for an important meeting with accessibility requirements can be as important as it … Read more

Written by Hira Naeem Hira is one of the members of the Intersol team celebrating Ramadan this month. In this post, she provides an overview of this holy month and sheds light on how colleagues and employers can support their Muslim clients, peers and employees.   All About Ramadan  In 2022, Ramadan began on the night … Read more

Written by Patrick Valois As pandemic-related restrictions continue to slowly ease, many of us who have been spending our days at home on Zoom or Microsoft Teams are understandably itching to get back to in-person meetings. While this may be realistic for some, others may not be comfortable with or able to meet in person … Read more

Written by Bianca Baldo Part 3 – Best practices and recommendations for working with employees and leaders with disabilities. Starting your journey towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities requires leadership, reflection, investment, and humility. Many employers still struggle with how to offer meaningful support to employees and leaders with disabilities. An important first step … Read more

Written by Bianca Baldo Part 2 – Landscape and consequences, exploring Ableism in employment. Using an intersectional perspective to explore diversity in disability The UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines a person with a disability as having “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder full … Read more

Written by Bianca Baldo Often overlooked, undervalued, and stereotyped, people with disabilities have important contributions to make in the workplace, offering diversity in perspectives and unique problem-solving abilities. In this three-part series, we seek to engage in conversations that reflect current employment trends and practices that exclude employees and leaders with disabilities from fully benefiting … Read more

Written by Bianca Baldo With International Women’s Day happening today and its focus on celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility while calling out inequality, I started thinking about the impacts of COVID-19 on the many advancements that women in Canada have achieved in employment. Women carry out many roles and responsibilities, both in the formal and informal labour market. Women contribute to the economy … Read more