Employers ready to strut their disability stuff.

What do you think:

  • Got a great work place that values what people can do rather than pigeon-holing them?
  • Remember the old “Two Tick” symbol?
  • “Disability Confident” going to do better?

Great employers with most chance of success and sustainability see their teams as people first – their talents, experience and skills are more important than equality “characteristics” such as disability.  If your workplace is like this, or aims to be, have a look at the new Disability Confident scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/disability-confident-how-to-sign-up-to-the-employer-scheme

Hats off to the Government for breathing new life in to old ideas: when the new scheme can transcend box-ticking and attract the small and medium size employers who provide jobs for the vast majority of the population, this idea will make a huge difference.  The workforce profile over coming years will give an edge to employers who can hang on to older staff, recruit from new talent pools and present positively inclusive attitudes to applicants and customers alike.  It will be good to see, in a year or so, the data showing that employers who have signed-up are doing better and taking on more disabled people than those who haven’t.

The old “Two Tick” scheme gave employers a symbol they could use to show that they would give disabled job applicants a fair chance – including guaranteed interviews to those who met the minimum specifications for the job.  Now this has been replaced by “Disability Confident” which is more comprehensive: it still offers accreditation but also tools to help with the recruitment, retention and development of their employees with long-term health conditions.  Employers, whether public, private or voluntary sector, can progress through three levels: Committed through Employer to Leader.  But the real proof of their achievements will be in the data rather than just more businesses wanting better Corporate Social Responsibility reputations.

We have been in the business of improving disability employment for over 16 years – there are free tools to download from our website.  Please ring or e-mail if you would like more help – or just to talk through what you are planning.

Penny Melville-Brown OBE

01329 841814/ penny@laylands.co.uk

Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

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