Changing Disabling Business Practices
Talk of a brain drain and skills shortage echoes around New Zealand boardrooms, media centres and agencies, but is this the only way to view our employment situation? Are employers being tunnel-visioned and talent blind? Are they making the most of the talent of new immigrants, the over 50s, and disabled people, or is different too difficult?
Celebrating difference and acknowledging the impact of a disabling environment are features of the current way of looking at disability. This approach sees that barriers to disabled people are attitudinal, organisational and in the physical environment. It enables employers to assess if and how they ‘disable’ workers and potential workers, limiting the workplace's ability to tap into their talents.
This section was taken from Philippa Reed, Chief Executive, EEO Trust article written for HRINZ titled "Changing Disabling Business Practices".