Information for Workers
Congratulations – you have accepted a job offer and are now employed! Read on to learn more about workplace culture in Canada and for tips on career development.
If this is your first job in Canada, you will have the opportunity to learn more about workplace culture. Although every business, company, or office will have its own unique policies and culture, here are some tips to help you impress any employer:
- Time Keeping and Deadlines: Always be on time for your shifts and make sure that you follow rules about breaks and lunches. It is also important that you submit your work on time and meet all deadlines set by your supervisors.
- Working with Others: Establishing good working relationships with your colleagues is important, but be sure to keep these relationships professional. It might be considered rude to directly ask a colleague about personal issues such as health and family, for example. Also, be sure to treat all colleagues with a degree of politeness and respect. If you are supervising staff, deal with them fairly and try to encourage them in their own careers.
- Internet Use: Most companies have policies about internet and computer use in the workplace. Employees should generally avoid checking personal email accounts or using the internet for non-work related activities in the workplace.
- Institutional Policies and Human Resources (HR): As part of your orientation to a new job, you will likely receive copies of company policies that govern all aspects of the workplace. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these policies. Many companies and businesses have Human Resource (HR) departments that can assist with any questions you might have about policies. HR staff can also provide guidance if you find yourself in conflict with a colleague.
To learn more about Canadian workplace culture, visit the following site Settlement.org's Canadian Etiquette
It is important that you show your employer that you are engaged and eager to learn. Take advantage of training and professional development opportunities offered through your workplace. The skills that you learn through training sessions might one day help you obtain a promotion or find another job.
Professional development can also be done on your own time. Consider volunteering at a local organisation, or visit our Education section to learn more about local programs and courses.
Canadian residents and workers are expected to pay taxes to the local, provincial and federal governments. These taxes help to pay for local infrastructure, health care, and many of the other benefits enjoyed by Canadians. Taxes are paid in many different ways – some taxes are levied on purchases and others through deductions on pay.
To help newcomers to Canada understand and navigate the system of taxation, the Canadian government has put together a series of videos that can be found here. More information about taxation in Canada can also be found at Settlement.org.