Employers enccouraged to reduce unconscious bias, ableist workplaces

Make workplaces accessible without making a spectacle out of them, employers told

Employers enccouraged to reduce unconscious bias, ableist workplaces

Employers are advised to foster a workplace that reduces unconscious bias and ableist environment to support employees with a disability.

This environment should start from an individual's hiring process to their last day on the job, according to the Achievers Workforce Institute.

"Strive to create a work environment where ableist language — words such as dumb, lame, or crazy — isn't accepted, and where jokes and gossip at the expense of people with disabilities is non-existent," the paper read.

It underscored that employers should also introduce unconscious bias training for leaders and hiring managers to reduce obstacles in the hiring and onboarding process.

"Consider sensitivity training for all employees, but especially managers who must lead diverse teams," it added.

Accessible workplaces

Another suggestion from the institute is ensuring that the workplace is accessible.

It recommended considering the extent which all employees are able to easily access and navigate your both real and virtual spaces.

"When building a new site, consider incorporating universal design so everyone feels welcome. This should extend to company events as well," the paper read. "If some people can't access the annual awards or holiday party, you're telling that group that they're not valued or important."

Employers are also advised against making a spectacle out of accommodations or special arrangements for disabled employees.

"The goal is to normalise accommodations without making a spectacle of them," the report read. "As often as possible, work with disabled employees to keep their co-workers appropriately in the loop about accommodations."

This leads to employee participation also being critical, which can be done by involving affected groups in policy development and asking feedback from all employees.

"Ensure you have feedback from people with a range of disabilities on the committee developing these policies," the report read.

The report also made recommendations on accommodating other marginalised groups. Read more about them in this white paper.

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