The Power of the Handshake

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Why do Canadians need so much personal space? How important are handshakes? These and other questions will be addressed during the Central Library's Managing Workplace Expectations for New Canadians workshop on Saturday, May 19th, from 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. Meet Lidia from Calgary's Centre for Newcomers as she helps you increase your understanding of Canadian workplace culture. We asked her to describe why CFN developed the course:

"Finding meaningful work for newcomers is challenging, but knowing how to keep the job is another barrier many face as the expectations from Canadian employers might not be obvious to a newcomer.

The Managing Workplace Expectations (MWE) workshop provides an opportunity to gain awareness of how the work culture in the Canadian workplace may differ from one’s home country. The workshop content covers topics such as the essential skills expected by Canadian employers: cultural awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, soliciting feedback, and how to engage in small talk and foster teamwork. The first step in solving the mystery of the Canadian workplace expectations for a newcomer is raising one’s awareness to the issue. This course is the first step to effectively gain this awareness."

To register for this program, use the program link from our homepage, or call 403-260-2782.

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