Inclusivity in the workplace is not just a nice-to-do. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a study that found the inclusivity of an organizational culture affects job performance, emotional well-being, and workforce engagement. Researchers called for anonymous narratives about inclusion and lack of inclusion from a range of employees, faculty, and students from several hospitals, health sciences schools, and outpatient facilities.
In 2017 the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Institute for Canada Citizenship (ICC) surveyed 64 major Canadian corporations about diversity and inclusion: how they define it, how they go about promoting it, and how they measure it. Respondents to the RBC-ICC survey were asked to take stock of their diversity and inclusion efforts in two ways. Gender was by far the most commonly identified area where diversity and inclusion has improved in the workplace, with 81 percent of respondents selecting it as one of their top three choices for diversity and 76 percent for inclusion.
More and more employers are hiring people with disabilities, says this article in the Chicago Tribune. “The tight labour market is pushing companies to open their eyes to this untapped pool of workers, who employers say are loyal, enthusiastic, and able to do the job as well as anyone — sometimes even better.”
Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is a leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion. Disability:IN recently sponsored a survey in the U.S. to get a sense of workers’ attitudes toward workplace inclusion. The survey found that while workers of all ages reported that business inclusion is important, millennials, more than any other group, believe that workplace inclusion is “fundamental and essential.”
“Good design is inclusive design. Design should always be judged by whether or not it achieves an inclusive environment. Design which does not do this is not good enough. Good design should reflect the diversity of people who use it and not impose barriers of any kind.” This article on Lumesse Learning.com (lumesselearning.com) explains the origins of good design, and the difference between accessibility and inclusive design.
Millennials will be the ones to create truly diverse, inclusive places of work, says this opinion piece on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com). By 2025 Millennials will make up nearly 75 percent of the workforce. Driven by intellectual curiosity, they will likely lead “a human revolution” and create a “just world of work.”
“Empowerment is at the core of the tech industry,” writes Michelle Simmons, Microsoft Asia-Pacific’s General Manager of Southeast Asia New Markets. “When we talk about empowering people, we simply mean that with the right tools, anyone can become anything. Empowerment, therefore, is key to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.” Here are her suggestions for driving diversity and inclusion.
“After nearly two decades of inclusion, we know that ensuring students with disabilities have access to the same educational environments as their peers has resulted in significantly improved outcomes. Twenty years later, progress to fully include all students has stalled, says Sarah Barnes in a guest post on Education Week.com. Education Week is an independent news organization that covers American education system up to grade 12.
“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.”
The current “special ed” system isn’t working, says this American special education specialist in an opinion piece published on ThinkInclusive.us. “What we have today are fragments and pockets of schools and communities that ‘do inclusion’ well. The vast majority of places, however, are either unwilling to implement inclusive classrooms or lack the resources to know where to start.”
“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.
In this article, the accessibility editor for Smashing Magazine discusses inclusive web design. Heydon Pickering calls himself a front-end developer, user experience designer and accessibility engineer. Although his article is complex, his message is simple. “Inclusive design means designing things for people who aren’t you.” Heydon Pickering’s Inclusive Design Tips: