Game increases managers’ cultural awareness

Culture, language barriers to leveraging immigrant talent
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2009

A new, and free, online game will help managers better recognize the skills of diverse employees and hopefully better leverage the talent of skilled immigrants, according to the director of Hire Immigrants Ottawa.

“With the changing demographics in the Canadian labour force, there’s beginning to be a move by employers to create inclusive workplace strategies to leverage the talent of their employees. This is a tool that would (help) accomplish that,” said Henry Akanko, director of the organization that helps Ottawa businesses hire skilled immigrants.

The game, TalentNet, is easy to use and flexible, allowing users to choose what they want to learn and when, said Akanko. It also teaches them about the different cultures of many diverse groups, not just immigrants, he said.