Shaping support for disabled employees

Wednesday August 4, 2021

Too often people shy away from disability, but it’s important to understand that many disabled people feel proud of their uniqueness and that disability should be celebrated rather than avoided.

This is evident from the rapid growth of Disability Pride: a month-long celebration during July for the diverse disabled community to come together, celebrate and raise awareness.

If you feel you have missed the opportunity to show your support during Disability Pride month, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways in which you can make a positive difference, starting with your business.

How you can support disabled employees

Many disabled people can and want to work but encounter barriers to employment. Becoming a Disability confident employer helps to remove those barriers and improve disability inclusion. It shows that you are committed to looking after all staff and encourages disabled people to apply for vacancies with you. This makes your recruitment process more inclusive and accessible, whilst also widening the potential pool of talent.

Providing inclusive opportunities is the first step. The next one is to make sure that you are able to support these employees.

Reasonable adjustments and flexible approaches to work can help, but inclusivity also needs to be at the heart of day-to-day company culture to have a lasting effect.

Training events and work socials should be made accessible to all employees; whilst equal treatment and mutual respect can reduce the risk of conflict and discrimination.

Remember, not all disabilities or chronic illnesses are obvious. In fact, some which haven’t been disclosed can be misunderstood and seen as poor performance. A welcoming, inclusive company culture that embraces individual differences can encourage disabled employees to be themselves at work and seek the support they need to do their job well. In this way you will be rewarded with their loyalty too.

Studies show that disabled employees are just as, if not more, motivated than those without a disability.

How disability inclusion benefits your business

Disability can happen to anyone, at any time in their life. By becoming a Disability confident employer, you are not only doing your part to further disability inclusion and raise awareness but also future proofing your business by making a commitment to your current employees.

If you’d like to know more about how you can become a disability inclusive employer, contact us today.

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