June 2020

Is your workplace adjustments process supporting employees to adapt to change?

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In a recent webinar, we heard from Rachel Billington, HR Senior Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Metropolitan Police, on how integral a good workplace adjustments process is in helping employees to successfully adapt to change in the workplace. With over 45,000 employees, diversity and inclusion forms a fundamental part of the Metropolitan Police’s business practices, policies and procedures. Recently, they’ve redesigned their workplace adjustment process, and during the session, Rachel shared some of their key learnings. Based on this, we’ve highlighted some considerations to make when it comes to assessing and improving your own workplace adjustments process.

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A truly inclusive workplace begins with inclusive digital experiences

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Inclusiveness in the workplace has come a long way. You often hear the phrase “reasonable adjustments” for people with Dyslexia, being spoken about in HR and Talent Acquisition. Companies often ask “how best do we accommodate people with Dyslexia in the workplace?”, but the problem with this is the phrasing of the question. It’s “how best do we accommodate people with Dyslexia IN THE WORKPLACE?”, rather than “how best do we go about GETTING people with Dyslexia INTO the workplace”. Essentially, companies are putting their cart before their horse.
 

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Disability Confident: FAQs

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At Texthelp, we’re on our own journey with the Department of Work and Pensions Disability Confident Scheme, and as we continue to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we want to help other organizations along the way. So, we recently met with Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ACAS (a Disability Confident Leader), and Rachel Billington, HR Senior Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the Metropolitan Police (Disability Confident Committed Employer), to explore D&I best practice. 

In our webinar session we discussed the overarching factors organizations must consider when building an inclusive culture before delving into the significance of these for employees with disabilities, especially during the current pandemic. From our session, we identified some key themes our listeners wanted to know more about, so we’ve put together a full list of FAQs around the topic. We hope it helps!
 

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How to make information accessible for people with disabilities

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Making information accessible is an ongoing journey, not a one-time destination. It requires a culture shift that values diversity and specifically the creativity, drive, and diversity of thought that individuals with disabilities can bring to an organization. Accessibility alone will not make an organization disability-friendly but accessibility is required in order to hire and retain individuals with disabilities and allow them to be productive members of an organization.  

Like any other large scale organizational change, accessibility requires planning, resources, and long term management. Below, you’ll find a six step plan to help organizations become more accessible.   

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12 ways to improve communication during remote work

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With the current state of affairs, the majority of people today are working remotely. What once seemed impossible is now possible. The 40-hour workweek has been digitized.

That has its own challenges. How can you ensure quality communication virtually?

Twelve thought leaders share what they’ve done to improve communication during this period of remote work.
 

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7 principles for creating inclusive digital experiences

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Did you know that a shocking 98% of websites are not meeting web accessibility standards? To help organizations learn more about creating accessible digital experiences. we've been teaming up with industry experts to create lots of informative content on the topic. In our webinar on Inclusive Marketing, Ceri Balston, Head of Digital at Scope shared 7 key principles based on learnings from their own web accessibility journey, and we've outlined them for you below...

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