This year Getting Hired has been honored to continue to connect our inclusive employers to job seekers with disabilities.
To reflect on 2019’s success, we’re highlighting some of our posts from the last year to help you plan and strengthen your disability inclusion efforts for 2020:
- Top Assistive Technology Trends in the Workplace in 2019 – We began the year by examining assistive technology (AT) innovations that are helping to bridge employment gaps between people with and without disabilities.
Top trends include advancements in accessible technology, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s built-in customization features for many of their products; artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, such as apps that allow people without speech to communicate using symbols; and, intelligent voice assistants, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. With such significant advancements, we look forward to seeing what AT trends will emerge in the upcoming year.
- 5 ways to support your employees’ Mental Health – In February, we provided tips for employers to protect and promote employee mental health. These included offering benefits to cover mental health services, providing stress-management education and opportunities, promoting physical wellness, and more.
Employers who want to see greater productivity and employee retention in the new year should prioritize investing in their employees’ mental health and overall well-being.
- Here’s why it’s important to see disability as diversity in the workplace – At the start of 2019, a campaign entitled The Valuable 500 launched to address disparities in disability employment rates. Initiatives like these are drawing greater attention to the benefits of including disability as an aspect of employer-led diversity initiatives. We explored many of these benefits in our March post.
As employers continue to focus on recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities in the new year, they will undoubtedly continue to yield positive business outcomes.
- Why Aren’t Veterans Disclosing their Disabilities? – The Getting Hired team consistently receives questions from employers with concerns about why veterans aren’t disclosing their disabilities. We decided to address this in our April post by providing reasons and solutions to help employers encourage veterans’ disability disclosure.
We’re continuing to see an increase in veteran employment rates, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in 2020 and the years to come to level the playing field for veteran job seekers with disabilities.
- 10 Steps to Building a Disability-Inclusive Team – While many employers have a desire to ensure their workplaces are disability-inclusive, they often aren’t sure where to start. In late spring we provided ten actionable tips to help employers create disability-inclusive teams.
In the new year, plan to ensure your leadership team supports implementing new inclusive strategies. Then move forward on setting goals, building partnerships, and training and engaging other departments to help reach your inclusion goals.
- 4 Ways to Promote Productivity in a Remote Workforce – Opportunities to work remotely are steadily helping increase disability employment rates. As more employers implement remote work options, they also must implement innovative ways to engage their workforce and promote productivity. Our July post explored balancing sociability, enabling virtual togetherness, using formal scheduling and monitoring methods, and clustering remote hires to help with remote work productivity.
Undoubtedly, as technology advances, so will options for remote work. If you haven’t already, make it a point to focus on your remote work strategy in 2020.
- NDEAM 2019: Inclusive Employers Celebrating NDEAM – Every October, for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), our Inclusive Employer NDEAM Sponsors support disability inclusion in a variety of ways. This year, we highlighted a few of our sponsors by sharing about some of the activities they hosted.
The 2019 theme, “The Right Talent, Right Now,” prompted employers to acknowledge the critical role workers with disabilities play in the workforce. At Getting Hired, it’s our hope that stories and events like these will continue to be shared and hosted throughout the year to come.
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Contributions to this blog were made by Andraéa LaVant of Solutions Marketing Group.