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Whilst the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1994 was seen as a ‘good thing’ in that it made it unlawful to discriminate against an employee or an applicant, in reality it can also be seen as a hindrance due to the fact that employers are fearful of ‘getting it wrong’. And it is this fear, in part, that has contributed to the slow progress around engaging with, and recruiting, disabled individuals; employers are so concerned about not doing the right thing that they prefer to do nothing at all in this space. However help is at hand and the purpose of this workshop was to explore the concerns that employers have and to build confidence to ensure that they got it right in the areas of language and behaviours, making adjustment and interviews and assessments.
In the safe environment of the workshop, delegates had the opportunity to explore some of the areas that they find challenging during the recruitment process. Areas such as what is appropriate in terms of language and behaviour, implementing adjustments and conducting interviews were all covered providing delegates with the opportunity to discuss what is and isn’t appropriate to say, do and ask.
As with all Recruiter Club events there was plenty of opportunity for discussion, debate and questions with Helen Cooke, Director of MyPlus Consulting challenging the delegates to think about what they currently do and whether there is the opportunity to do things differently or ‘better’.
Whilst the delegates all took different things from the workshop, 3 key messages that Helen left them with were:
• Engaging in conversation is the most effective way to build a relationship with the delegate and to encourage openness
• Be able to put adjustments and support in effectively and efficiently enabling the delegate to be assessed fairly and consistently with others
• Ensure your assessors are confident regards their role, and are knowledgeable about what they can legally ask / talk about