Top five tips for supporting disabled talent in the workplace
Disability affects every aspect of your business from Recruitment through to ICT so appoint leads from across the business to review whether their specific function meets the needs of disabled candidates or employees.
We recommend that you focus on the following areas of the business outlined in BDF’s Disability Standard criteria:
- The Disability Standard is based on 10 criteria as defined by Business Disability Forum. The criteria highlight business areas which need to be considered in order to meet the needs of disabled people as customers, employees and stakeholders. Read more on Disability Standard criteria…
- Establish a speedy and efficient process for making adjustments for disabled employees
- Line managers are key, provide them with training, support and guidance.
- Don’t get hung up on labels, most people covered by the legal definition of a disability won’t consider themselves to be disabled. The term ‘disability’ is broad enough to cover people with a variety of common conditions such as cancer, depression, dyslexia, back problems and diabetes to name just a few. If an employee has a disability, impairment or long-term injury or health condition that has an impact on them at work just focus on what you can do to make it easier for them to do their job.
- Invest in the career development of disabled employees e.g. establish a disabled employee network, provide mentoring or development programs
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