A New Year Challenge
New Year, New Employer, New YOU!
The new year brings many opportunities for change. Resolutions abound to lose weight, exercise more, eat less, drink less, read more books, and so on. There is potential for a resolution for everyone and just about everything; so how about a resolution to help your workplace have a more inclusive culture toward people with disabilities? It’s a resolution that is pretty easy, unlike so many others we tend to make and quickly break.
This past year our team at Dirkse CC assisted over 30 individuals who experience various disabilities in obtaining employment in our community, many of whom were featured in The BRG as community success stories. (Please see past editions online.) The success stories happened because, in many cases, employers made a commitment to become more inclusive and look at the skills and abilities of each candidate, matching them with their business need. How can YOU create a success story in your workplace?
It all starts with YOU!
Here are a few tips or possible New Year’s resolutions to consider:
- Increase your knowledge about disabling conditions – Participate in trainings, read articles and books that focus on disabilities.
- Advocate for people with disabilities – Volunteer, offer support, participate in Employee Resource Groups (or form one at your workplace!)
- Check your unconscious bias – Be aware of labels, assumptions and pre-conceived notions based on myths, experience or what you think you know about disabling conditions.
- Put PEOPLE first – Use “people first” language, such as “a person with a disability” versus “a handicapped person.”
Become a catalyst for change in 2019 – it all starts with YOU, wherever you are; see the ability in others!
If your workplace needs a challenge to become more inclusive in the new year, we can help! Our training team provides complimentary consultations and customized training to help employers meet their disability diversity and inclusion goals. We also offer workshops for individuals and businesses throughout the year.
Happy New and Inclusive New Year!