Tina Varughese

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What is the difference between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?

By Tina Varughese / February 15, 2024 / 0 Comments

What is the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation? Is wearing a sari to an Indian wedding you were invited to appropriation or appreciation? Is attending a mosque appropriation or appreciation? Is learning how to samba appropriation or appreciation?  Like anything, context is critical in determining intention behind the meaning. If your intention is […]

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and let’s not forget Festivus…the Holiday for the Rest of Us

By Tina Varughese / December 29, 2023 / 0 Comments

Did you know that there are minimally 14 different holidays between November and January? There’s Diwali- the Hindu Festival of Lights (though many, other than Hindus, celebrate Diwali).  Hindus may decorate their homes with lights to celebrate. There’s Hanukkah- a Jewish celebration lasting eight nights including the lighting of the menorah. I still remember the […]

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Why Hiring Employees with Disabilities is not only Inclusive but also a Competitive Advantage

By Tina Varughese / October 23, 2023 / 0 Comments

Did you know that October is #DisabilityEmploymentAwareness month. When 22% ofCanadians have disabilities- both physical and intellectual- we need to take notice. Of those 22%of existing disabilities, 80% are invisible disabilities.Here are three inclusive hiring practices that employers can implement and the benefits thatcome.First, when employers offer accommodations during interviews ie. a keyboard for skillsassessment […]

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Affinity Bias Affects Business Decisions

By Tina Varughese / June 2, 2023 / 0 Comments

Affinity bias is a type of unconscious bias that impacts both our professional and personal lives, sometimes with repercussions. In the simplest terms, affinity bias is the tendency to gravitate towards those that reminds us of ourselves. It’s a natural tendency to feel most comfortable and at ease with those that share similar experiences, backgrounds, […]

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Gender Neutral Language in Job Advertisements Increases Women in Leadership

By Tina Varughese / April 26, 2023 / 0 Comments

So, we want to increase and diversify the talent pool. Great! Yet, many individuals will simply become their own human resource manager screening themselves out before they screen themselves in. Did you know that women statistically will only apply for jobs if they meet 100% of the job requirements posted yet men will apply for […]

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A Start to Becoming an Ally

By Tina Varughese / January 26, 2023 / 0 Comments

Admittedly, years ago I found the term ‘white privilege’ triggering. For me, the word came into theforefront with the death of George Floyd. I still remember receiving a phone call from a dear friend whowas in tears. She called me and said, “I’m so sorry” and I could hear her voice breaking. I rememberhearing her […]

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Merry Christmas at the Workplace

By Tina Varughese / January 5, 2023 / 0 Comments

Can We Say Merry Christmas at the Workplace Anymore? During this time of year I always get asked about hosting Christmas parties in the workplace; decorating the workplace with stockings, Santa and putting candy canes out into candy dishes. I know too many parents who take offence to Winter Celebrations at school rather than seeing […]

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The Emotional Price of Being BIPOC

By Tina Varughese / October 22, 2022 / 0 Comments

My background lies in immigration and I hold two degrees. I also had a successful relocation and settlement company. I sit on two Boards. I began speaking professionally in 2008 and it’s my sole source of income. I am passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and attendees who hear me speak comment on my authenticity. […]

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Psychological Safety and Me

By Tina Varughese / July 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Psychological Safety and Me After my second maternity leave, I returned to my part-time position with the provincial government. Back then, I knew it was a rarity to be able to work flexibly and part-time. Additionally, my old boss had very recently accepted a new position in London, England so I was weary of who […]

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What’s in a Name?

By Tina Varughese / June 15, 2022 / 0 Comments

Well, according to Juliet of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet not much. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet attempts to convince Romeo that a name is simply a conventional standard with no real meaning behind it. Yet, their familial names are so important to their […]

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