As organizations look to build their employment ranks, new Canadians are becoming an increasingly integral part of the business landscape.
The shortage of labour on all fronts — from engineers to bricklayers — is in large part a driving factor behind the interest in foreign workers. But there are also a number of additional business benefits that come with having a diverse workforce. For a global consulting firm, for example, it can strengthen its growth efforts in international markets. For a retail operation, ethnic diversity could translate into improved service for regional consumer populations.
While businesses and governments acknowledge the value of immigrant workers, there is a myriad of well-publicized challenges to be dealt with, from onboarding and assimilation to cumbersome immigration processes. However, the rewards can far outweigh the inconvenience for those that do it well.
Source: The Financial Post