All employees are required to sign off on our wellness and protection policies at time of hire. Our Employee Handbook is accessible to all employees through our internal communications portal. WE believes in the prevention of workplace discrimination and harassment, and promotes a workplace in which all people respect one another and work together to achieve common goals. All employees are responsible for maintaining a respectful workplace free of discrimination, and all types of harassment and violence. Discrimination and harassment are strictly prohibited by applicable human rights and other legislation, and will not be tolerated, condoned or ignored at WE. Employees are required to report any existing discriminatory, harassing or violent behavior in the workplace, as well as any
Policies, Procedures, Trainings WE’s programs go far beyond safety in the physical space, but rather focus on ensuring that our employees are all working in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment of any kind. Our three-day Orientation shares all of these resources with our new employees. Leaders in the organization are the stewards of employee conduct and, as such, WE has policy and procedures update meetings with people managers.
potential threats of violence or harassment that become known to an individual. Reported incidents will be investigated and, if verified, any breach of this policy will result in disciplinary action that may include the termination of employment for just cause. Where appropriate, WE will report violent incidents to local law enforcement authorities, as required by law. Our policies and culture also provide for the protection of employees who come forward with any kind of concern: WE is a safe space. Employees may speak to their manager, or to another manager, go directly to the Chief People Officer or report anonymously through our secure online WE Connect internal communications platform. They may do so without fear of recrimination and with the knowledge their concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon swiftly. This policy applies at every level of the organization and to every aspect of the workplace environment and employment relationship, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfers, training, salaries, benefits and termination. This policy also applies to business travel, work-related social occasions and other locations where the prohibited behavior may have a subsequent impact on the work relationship, work environment or employee performance. It is also unacceptable for WE employees to engage in harassment, discrimination or violent behavior when dealing with clients, or with others with whom they have professional dealings, such as suppliers or service providers. WE takes a broad definition of harassment. Guided by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, our definition consists of comments or conduct that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome. It can involve words or actions that are known or should be known to be offensive, embarrassing, humiliating, intimidating, demeaning or unwelcome. Harassment can occur on any of the grounds of discrimination identified by this policy. Harassment can consist of a single incident or several incidents over a period of time.
Diversity and Accessibility
“I joined WE 10 years ago, knowing I had found my dream job. What I didn’t know is I would also find a family. WE attracts
We are proud to foster diversity in our workforce, and believe diversity is a business priority fundamental to our success. WE Charity is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which serves to “develop, implement and enforce standards for accessibility related to goods, services, facilities, employment, accommodation and buildings.” Our WE Global Learning Center headquarters is a fully accessible facility, and it includes a prayer room in recognition of the many faiths that are practiced among our staff. The Center has been recognized with Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification ™ . Equally, our inclusive culture provides a safe space for our staff and visitors who identify as LGBTQ+, including weekly staff-led Thursgay celebrations. Through our policies and employee trainings, we make it crystal clear that harassment is not tolerated. Full stop.
the most extraordinary, like-minded people, many of whom I now call best friends and family.”
Employee conduct WE has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of workplace harassment, misconduct or discrimnation in the workplace. We have a formal employee handbook that clearly outlines the expectations for all employees on: • Code of Conduct; • Workplace Harassment and Discrimination; • Dealing with Employee Misconduct; • and Investigation process.
~ Spencer West, Motivational Speaker, WE
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