The diversity imperative

Organizations must leverage internal diversity to stay competitive
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/19/2006

Two months ago, Jeff Waldman’s employer, a large financial institution in Toronto, asked him to participate in a career fair geared toward people with disabilities. Waldman, who has a hearing impairment, was more than happy to share his employment experiences with potential recruits.

“The whole concept was to get people out there to actually realize that (employment with a disability) can happen,” said Waldman, who works as an HR consultant.

Tapping into an organization’s diverse workforce to show other job candidates that the organization is a good place for them to work is one way organizations are leveraging diversity to a competitive advantage.