Workplace culture and communication

Professionalism and workplace culture videos from Centennial College

Centennial College Career Services has developed a useful series of videos that explore workplace cultural expectations. Although aimed at college students and recent graduates, the focus on cultural norms using example scenarios, illustrating both dos and don'ts is very engaging and informative. The videos can serve as a way to spark in-depth discussions.

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Video series and discussion tips

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment  from Kingston Literacy is an excellent video series demonstrating workplace culture and communication. It includes guides and tips to engage learners in discussions. Each section introduces a video scenario followed by shorter videos that prompt discussion, problem-solving and shared experiences.

You can access the videos directly in the guide or here on a YouTube channel.

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Complete curriculum for youth

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills is a complete curriculum for youth and youth with disabilities. It was produced by the US Dept. of Labor. 

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Resources from NWT Literacy Council

The following three student workbooks are from the Career-Life-Work series produced by the Northwest Territories Literacy Council. The complete collection is here.

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NWT Communication Skills Text.pdf

Intermediate level OER text from Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College and NorQuest College partnered to create an OER with funding from Alberta Open Educational Resources. In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook  can be used as an online textbook with interactive activities or downloaded, printed and used as a regular textbook.

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BVC instructor guide May 2017.pdf

Instructor Guide


Printable e-textbook

Online interactive text


Workplace culture guide

This PDF guide for newcomers, produced by the Vancouver Public Library, contains some useful content written in plain language. It could be reformatted and modified to suit particular groups. 

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Handout comparing cultures

This handout, comparing Canadian cultural norms with other cultures, could be used to start some informative discussions.

From the text You’re Hired...Now What? By Lynda Goldman

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