Society today has adapted to new ways of communicating. We think nothing of texting, live video chats and use apps and social media channels to enhance our lifestyle choices. Technology has really taken the world by storm.
Alongside this rapid change, we have become more ‘invisible’ to each other as we sit behind screens and apparatus to communicate with the world around us. This means that no matter your gender, ability, disability or sexual orientation all that’s seen or heard through social media or other channels are your views and opinions and images that you wish to share.
Organisations are building internal networks so that disclosure of mental health issues, health related conditions and disabilities have a voice, where stories are shared and things learnt along the way, can be adhered to.
This means that now, more than ever before, businesses in the UK are open to employing a diverse and inclusive workforce. The emphasis being on a person’s ‘ability to do the job’ rather than focusing on the ‘perceived negatives’ of the candidate.
Although there is a vast resource of assistive technology available for thousands of conditions, there is still a huge gap in communicating these to those in need. There is also a gap in financing this equipment, so if you’re not a student, graduate or employee you will have to apply to a charity or find funding bodies to help support your purchase.
I believe in a fully inclusive future for all and have a vision of a level playing field no matter of your disability or health condition. I know that with the right tools anyone can not only achieve but thrive in education or at work. I believe that as technology, awareness and access to those tools gathers momentum the future looks bright for the diverse and inclusive workplace.
Managing talent is important for organisations, the wellbeing agenda is crucial, absenteeism is a major drain on resources, productivity has been a challenge for employers and government alike and employee engagement has been recognised as one of the most important factors in the success of companies.
These are all directly impacted by health conditions and disabilities and savvy employers are seeing this area as an opportunity to boost the bottom-line and tap into a much bigger purple pound market.
With the right and timely interventions, those organisations have seen multiple returns on investment, with 90% reduction in condition related absenteeism, improved relationships, increased productivity and significant increases in employee well-being and happiness in the workplace.
The UK is set to lead the way of this diverse and inclusive revolution.