We are proud to be Disability Confident at O’Brien Media. Throughout January and February, we’ll be supporting the Disability Confident campaign. In this time of year, many employers are planning for the upcoming financial year and recruiting new talent.
Our goal is to spread the word about Disability Confident to other companies. Here are some of the ways that being an inclusive employer has helped our business and people. We encourage colleagues to share their positive experiences of disability at work on social media. Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Send your story about working around a disability or health condition at work to Chris Grant (Head of Design & Development).
- Use the hashtag #IAmConfident to show the world how proud you are to work for a Disability Confident organization (you can even post a selfie with it).
- Let us know your inspiring stories about disability at work, hashtag #IAmConfident and mention your employer.
Connect with other people celebrating what they’ve accomplished by using the hashtag #IAmConfident.
We have been able to harness the talents of disabled people in our workplace thanks to the Disability Confident scheme. This is done by the provision of tools and techniques that support the recruitment and retention of disabled people.
Since I have seen first-hand how inclusion can benefit people in our organization, I am particularly interested in this initiative. People often tell me stories about the positive impact their jobs have had on them. They also tell me about the corresponding impact they have had on a team and across the company as a whole every time I talk to them. This is a win-win situation.
A key part of our ethos is getting the right person for the job and supporting them during their time at work, regardless of their circumstances.
It can only be positive for us to become more knowledgeable and confident about disabilities.
More information about the scheme can be found here
The Government’s commitment to getting one million more disabled people into work by 2027 is made possible thanks to Disability Confident.
Over 8 million people in the UK, 19% of the working-age population, are disabled or have long-term health conditions. Consequently, there is a large and largely untapped pool of skilled workers who can positively impact employers and communities. The CIPD research Attitudes to Employability and Talent found that disabled people tend to be more innovative and to focus more on personal development than their peers. Those are valuable attributes for the entire workforce.