“In order to attract the best work force it is essential that your office is set up to cater for employees of all physical abilities. Although this may sound obvious, it is surprising just how few workplaces would be able to facilitate an employee with a disability if they were to start work with immediate effect.”
“Many workplaces don’t put much thought into developing a climate where their employees feel safe and have a sense of belonging,” says career coach Marie Gervais, PhD. On her blog ShiftWorkPlace.com, Ms. Gervais gives some real world examples of successful inclusion, and explains how they got there.
The state government of Western Australia, like the Province of Ontario, is making a point of encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. Its Count Me In strategy was launched in 2009, with an aim for “all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.”
A lengthy list of familiar names makes up Canada's Best Diversity Employers, published in the Globe and Mail in the spring of 2018. The employers were named for having inclusive and respectful work environments and successful diversity initiatives in areas including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and LGBTQ people.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an ambitious strategy that they hope will “hardwire diversity and inclusion into everything the Corporation does.” The new strategy aims to make dramatic improvements in the corporation’s inclusivity and representation of the diverse population of the United Kingdom. The strategy sets out how the BBC will “do even more to reflect the public it serves.”
Many workplaces are ill-equipped to provide access for individuals with both physical and mental disabilities,” says this article from CIOReview.com, but now that technology is becoming central to almost every industry, it is easier than ever before for employers to ensure that the technologies they purchase have accessibility features that cater to all employees.
Devex.com is the media platform for the global development community. The Devex mission statement is to “keep you better connected to the news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities you need, to do more good for more people.”Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following:
The Discover Ability Network is the new online portal for connecting employers and persons with disabilities who are looking for work in the Province Ontario, Canada. The portal is a key deliverable of Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, the comprehensive plan focused on connecting people with disabilities to rewarding jobs, and employers to new talent that can help grow their businesses.
While “diversity” has become a household word, the advertising industry still has a long way to go when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. “Employers are missing out on an incredible pool of talent as a result,” says Tim Cecere, the Chief Global Talent Officer for Group M, the largest advertising agency in the world.