"The thing is to be able to outlast the trends." -Paul Anka
In a marketplace often saturated by prestigious awards for diversity and inclusion, Deloitte applies a dynamic breadth of principles to ensure a supportive environment for disability inclusion in the workplace. Looking beyond the achievement of being named one of 2018’s “Best Places To Work For Disability Inclusion”, we discover Deloitte’s dedication to supporting individuals with disabilities through a variety of ways.
EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion): Deloitte uses this resource to optimize acquiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. EARN educates both public and private-sector employers about the ways to ensure these employees flourish in their careers.
In one case concerning a Deloitte employee who needed support for his disability, the company called upon EARN to help implement strategies. Deloitte was concerned if the worker could continue to travel. Traveling was a crucial part of the employee’s job. The company helped acquire adaptive equipment, such as a travel chair for the bathroom and shower. He also needed to have spare tires and rims for his wheelchair, and portable hand controls for driving, in the event that car rental businesses were unable to supply the equipment.
After submitting the equipment purchases to his insurance, Deloitte paid for the equipment that the medical carrier did not cover. Deloitte also offered much-needed flexibility to help the employee attend his physical therapy sessions.
The Road To Inclusion, a summary of Deloitte’s roundtable discussion on how to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace produced a greater understanding of supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The first line of defense is to properly train hiring managers and recruiters about diversity. Without adequate training, companies may not understand the barriers involved for people with disabilities, and the opportunity to access these workers would be lost.
The discussion offered other insights as to the needs and perceptions of people with disabilities. Often, efforts to recruit people with disabilities fail because the company didn’t utilize the types of postings and events to attract these potential employees. Many individuals don’t have access to the types of job boards used by employers. Other times, they worry about how their lack of experience may hinder their job search, or they may not have the support of family and friends to pursue employment.
Deloitte’s continued efforts to expand understanding and engagement with people of diverse abilities help contribute to the company’s growth. At Deloitte, inclusion, and diversity are more than a trend- they are key elements towards progress and innovation
Image credit: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash