In a world that values diversity and inclusion, it’s important that organisations start to focus on disability inclusion. Yet only 4% of employers include disability in their Diversity and Inclusion policies. 20% of the working age population are disabled and 33% are living with a long term health condition. Disability and chronic illness affect a large proportion of the workforce.
Here are five reasons why you should prioritise Disability Inclusion:
1. Government Initiatives
The UK Government has recently announced plans to reintegrate 1 million people on sick leave into the workforce by 2025. Employers need to be prepared for this. Embracing disability inclusion is a proactive step towards supporting these individuals in their successful return to work. Having well thought out policies to assist employees returning to work and providing them with the right adjustments and managerial support will help with staff retention and reduce sick leave.
2. Diverse Talent Pool
Embracing disability inclusion widens the talent pool, tapping into a wealth of skills, experiences, and perspectives that can drive innovation and competitiveness. A large proportion of customers and suppliers will also be living with disabilities and having a great understanding of their challenges will enable organisations to provide a better service.
3. Improved Employee Engagement
Inclusive workplaces create a sense of belonging and psychological safety among employees. This leads to increased engagement, productivity, and loyalty.
4. Enhanced Reputation
Being known as a disability-inclusive employer not only attracts top talent but also enhances your organisation’s reputation. It demonstrates your commitment to fairness and equality.
5. The Equalities Act 2010
It is a requirement that disabled people aren’t discriminated against and that they have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to have equity. Creating an environment to support disabled people in the workplace is also the right thing to do.
How can you make your organisation disability-inclusive?
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Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I can help you to create a disability friendly workplace.