Have you seen Scope and Virgin Media’s #WorkWithMe campaign? It is fantastic and so vital. It focuses on helping companies employ more disabled people. This is so important, not just because it’s a ‘nice thing to do’ but because, on average, disabled employees are just as productive as their non-disabled colleagues (sometimes more so), have less time off sick, fewer workplace accidents and stay with their employers longer, increasing retention and saving money on recruiting and training new staff. (‘Benefits of Employing Disabled People’)
There are 14 million disabled people in the UK. That’s 1 in 5 of us. More than 7 million disabled people are of working age. Disabled people are being shut out of the workplace. A number of barriers prevent disabled people from getting into, staying in and progressing in work, from poor attitudes to inflexible working practices. Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to non-disabled people. This needs to change.
This is timely news after our most recent SEN in STEMM meeting discussed how the STEMM community can improve the recruitment and retention of disabled people. You will be be able to find the resources created from that meeting on our website soon.
In the meantime, read more about the #WorkWithMe campaign here – Work With Me Campaign