At Canva we’re working hard to create an environment that’s a true celebration of diversity. And to build a team with diverse perspectives, it’s crucial everyone involved in hiring is supported by the right processes. So we’ve taken some steps to create a more inclusive hiring process, including:
We added a note to job postings to help ease imposter syndrome: We value all types of experiences here at Canva, so if you don’t meet all the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.
Removed unnecessary degree requirements and exclusive language, such as “guru” and “rockstar”, from job descriptions. We found diversity decoders helpful to check this.
Our job descriptions and benefits don’t refer to social gatherings that may exclude people. For example, beers at the office at 7pm aren’t everyone’s idea of a good time, so we excluded this language from our job postings.
Hiring for “Culture-Fit” can be detrimental to inclusive hiring, so we assess candidates “culture-add” using our values in interviews instead. For example, for our Empower Others value, we look for candidates who have developed themselves and others and who openly share information.
We formed a partnership with Project F to help us audit and improve our processes to achieve more equal and gender-diverse teams across all levels.
Read more about the importance of diversity at Canva.
We offer a flexible Return To Work policy for parents, including keeping in touch days throughout leave periods, and working 3 days for the first 4 weeks following leave and receiving full-time pay.
During the global lockdowns, we made a week of paid Flex-Leave available to anyone needing an extended break. The team also isn’t required to formally log periods under 1 day off when caring for themselves or others.
Providing parents and caregivers with a supportive workplace that can adapt to their individual family needs is important to creating a truly diverse workplace. We recently refreshed our parental leave policy to be more inclusive of all family constructs. Some of the things parents and caregivers told us that they valued:
Equal leave is a great accelerator for gender equality. We want to normalise parents taking leave and equal roles in caregiving. We removed carer labels (eg Primary, Secondary) and offer parents 18 weeks paid parental leave for AU, NZ & US, which is fully flexible across 2 years, with superannuation paid throughout.
We offer a flexible Return To Work policy, including keeping in touch days throughout leave periods, and working 3 days for the first 4 weeks following leave and receiving full-time pay.
We offer sessions with our external EAP/wellbeing providers as well as our internal coaching team throughout pregnancies or in the lead up to adoption, and return to work, to help with the transition.
[Trigger Warning] In the case that someone at Canva, or their partner, experiences a miscarriage, we offer 2 weeks paid leave as well as paid Flex Leave for any additional time needed.
[Trigger Warning] For stillbirth or infant death, parents are eligible for the whole 18 weeks paid leave, and the option to take 12 months unpaid leave.
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