I got asked an interesting question this week: “How do disabled candidates feel about seeing employers publicising work relating to other areas of inclusion… say the race pay gap or work on LGBTQ?” The simple answer is that it depends on the individual. But it raises some interesting questions. Without working within an organisation, we … Continue reading “Sorry, we are ‘doing race’ this year…”
When you work for the NHS you are taught that you don’t matter. Patients come first. But what makes the NHS remarkable isn’t its size or the ethos of healthcare for all (although that’s hard to beat). It’s the people who work in it. They are remarkable. And it wasn’t until I left, that I … Continue reading Disability and the NHS – it isn’t just about the patients
L&Q has partnered with two leading not-for-profit organisations to ensure it is offering the best service to its disabled staff and residents. As part of their disability inclusion initiative, L&Q will work with Evenbreak, to reach and retain more talented disabled people. L&Q is also working with disability charity Scope to develop housing advice content for its … Continue reading Housing Association giant L&Q commits to disability inclusion with Evenbreak
I hear so many recruiters say they are looking for 'culture fit' when assessing candidates. Is this wise? In my experience, very rarely. Culture is defined as "the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs of a particular group of people at a particular time" in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Or, put more … Continue reading How wise is recruiting for ‘culture fit’?
A few years ago, if I had asked employers about their approach to diversity, most would have said it wasn't relevant to them. Business is about making profit, delivering products or services and getting the best people for the job. They weren't interested in inclusion or having a diverse workforce - they just wanted to … Continue reading Can you be ‘a little bit inclusive’?
I had a really interesting conversation with some disabled friends recently about inclusive language. The timing was interesting, as it was shortly after hearing of the sad death of Mike Oliver, who was instrumental in promoting a new way of thinking about disability in the 1980s, called the social model of disability. Up to this … Continue reading How important is language?
Naidex is Europe's largest disability event for trade, healthcare professionals and end-users. Taking place at Birmingham's NEC on the 26th & 27th March, Naidex gathers innovation, information, cutting edge suppliers, and the most inspirational speakers from around the world to one venue, over two unforgettable days It’s an important event in Evenbreak’s calendar, and we’re involved on … Continue reading We’re going to Naidex – are you?
'Job carving', which refers to customising duties or creating specialist jobs for disabled people, is a method that's being used more and more nowadays. As jobs become more flexible due to technology, companies look to job carving to create opportunities for disabled people. And it turns out that it benefits employees and organisations in many … Continue reading How Job Carving Can Help Disabled Employees and the Organisation
If you read this question and your honest gut response is yes, then you’re not alone. 67% of the British public feel the same way. 21% of 18-34-year-olds admit that they have purposefully avoided talking to a disabled person. They weren’t sure how to communicate with them. The media representation of disabled people doesn’t help. … Continue reading Do you feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people?
I speak to employers about recruiting disabled staff on a daily basis. And I always ask this question. The response is always interesting and tells me a lot about an organisation. Forward-thinking organisations can usually tell me this figure straight away. They also tell me they’re aware that the figure is very likely to be … Continue reading Employers, do you know how many disabled staff you employ?