Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

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Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following:

  • Lead by example: It starts from the top. Leadership can make the single biggest impact in creating, changing or managing workplace culture. In setting and communicating the organization’s vision, a leader can influence employee behaviours, including attitudes towards hiring and working with people with disabilities.
  • Take a proactive approach to recruiting diverse talent: “It is not enough for employers to discuss access issues and install ramps and toilets, they must actually outline and implement inclusive recruitment policies, said Mosharraf Hossain, Director of Global Policy, Influencing and Research of ADD International. Some organizations have focused on making their office space physically accessible, yet there are still very few people with disabilities actually working there because they didn’t take the time to address inclusion and diversity in their recruitment policy.” 
  •  Go the extra mile: For most candidates, HR personnel are their first point of contact with an organization. People working in HR are the introduction to an organization’s work culture. One staffing specialist at Oxfam, for example, offers her business card in Braille. “When I hand someone my business card and I watch them realize it is in Braille, you can just see the understanding sweep over their face. They know from that first moment that we take inclusion seriously here.”

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