Making immigrants feel at home

A look at how three leading companies — ATI, Husky Injection Molding and American Express — ensure they get first crack at the top newcomers
By Todd Humber
|CHRR, Report on Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 12/06/2005

Welkom. Bienvenue. Willkommen. Benvenuto. Any way you say it, making an immigrant feel welcome in the workplace is a critical step in ensuring a successful fit.

Michel Cadieux, senior vice-president of human resources for ATI, a Toronto-based global manufacturer of graphics technology with 3,600 employees worldwide, recently got a powerful example of just how diverse his workforce is and how the company has created a culture that embraces immigrants.

“I hired a lady from Romania the other day, and we sent out an e-mail to the employees,” he said. “And the Romanian community within ATI sent her e-mails welcoming her to ATI. There’s a sub-community that starts to build where we have people from all over the world and that in itself helps make people successful because they feel welcome.”