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Creating an all inclusive workplace. Christians Izquierdo chris.izquierdo@devfacto.com. Who am I?. My name is Chris Izquierdo I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba I’m the Founder and CEO of DevFacto Technologies. DevFacto Technologies – Who are we?.

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creating an all inclusive workplace
Creating an all inclusive workplace

Christians Izquierdo

chris.izquierdo@devfacto.com

who am i
Who am I?

My name is Chris Izquierdo

I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba

I’m the Founder and CEO of DevFacto Technologies

devfacto technologies who are we
DevFacto Technologies – Who are we?

IT Consulting Company with offices in Edmonton, Regina, Cancun

Specializing in System Integration on the Microsoft Platform

Founded in March 2007

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DevFacto Technologies – Who are we?

Fastest growing company in Alberta in 2010

8th Fastest growing company in Alberta in 2011

44 Consultants in Edmonton, 72 Worldwide

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Interesting Company Metrics

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Interesting Company Metrics

In Five Years of Operations we have been able to retain 100% of our workforce!

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

We do not do any diversity Training at DevFacto.

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

Most Companies do Diversity Training for two reasons:

  • Prevent Lawsuits
  • Create an inclusive environment in which each member of the community is valued, respected, and can fully contribute their talents
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Diversity Training @DevFacto

Diversity Training usually falls into two categories:

  • Let your employees know what they can and cannot say
  • Bring people into a room and ask them to separate into categories (Gender, Age, Ethnicity) and then share about themselves to educate others
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Diversity Training @DevFacto

A study by Harvard University of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had "no positive effects in the average workplace."

Millions of dollars a year were spent on the training resulting in, well, nothing. Attitudes and the diversity of the organizations remained the same.

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

When you divide people into categories to illustrate the idea of diversity, you reinforce the problem – categories

Categories are dehumanizing

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

I want people to see me as Chris, not as a Cuban Heterosexual White Male

I always tell people that I’m not part of a minority, As a human being I’m actually part of the majority!

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

I’m an individual who likes to:

Play sports

Help Others

Play the Guitar

Hike

Fine Dining

Travel

Movies

Kayak

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

The previous slide reads like a profile in eHarmony

The Point is that I’m much more than the categories that define me.

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Diversity Training @DevFacto

How do we embrace diversity at DevFacto?

Train our consultants on how to work with Individuals not categories.

Train our consultants on how to work with their team members, direct reports, etc.

We have moved beyond similarity and diversity to individuality.

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H/R @DevFacto

We do not have an H/R department at DevFacto.

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H/R @DevFacto

We have a culture director (David Cronin, my business partner and co-founder of DevFacto Technologies)

We are currently establishing a culture committee that is elected yearly

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H/R @DevFacto

We are in the process of creating a culture P&L that will be as important as the financial P&L

We do not have policies, instead we deal with issues as they occur and avoid making an exception the rule

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H/R @DevFacto

For example:

One of our employees started to arrive to the office between 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM on a regular basis.

One of our employees was spending too much time on Facebook during work hours.

in summary
In Summary

Embracing Diversity and Culture at DevFacto has allowed us to:

  • Retain 100% of our workforce for the last five years
  • Facilitate our recruiting to the point that:
    • We do not have to use a recruiting agency
    • We have a backlog of IT specialists waiting for positions to open to work for us