This week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of Sainsbury’s networking events marking the two year anniversary of the revamped Disability Confident Scheme. Hosted by Sainsbury’s Bank in Edinburgh, Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary and Corporate Services Director, reiterated Sainsbury’s pride in achieving the status of Disability Confident Leader and their aim to be the most inclusive retailer in the UK.

The Sainsbury’s team then presented inspiring examples of how their initiatives are helping disabled colleagues to fulfil their potential as well as the myriad of positive effects to business performance that inclusive leadership can create.

Sainsbury’s are one of a small but growing number of Disability Confident Leaders who are encouraging employers to feel confident in employing people with a disability and providing those colleagues with the opportunity to realise their potential.

Disabled people make up almost a fifth of the UK working population. With an employment rate for disabled people of circa 50% compared to over 80% for non-disabled people, it is clear that many more workplaces could benefit from the scheme.

Disability Confident is both a campaign and a scheme that employers can follow to develop the skills they need to recruit, retain and enable disabled staff to fulfil their potential at work. It is free to join and provides access to advice and guidance to start your journey. The benefits of being a Disability Confident Employer include:

  • Access to the widest possible pool of talent
  • The opportunity to secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • Improving employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly
  • It helps customers identify employers who are committed to equality in the workplace

Resource Management is a Disability Confident Committed employer. We have started our journey and are exploring how to further support our staff to fulfil their potential at work. Furthermore, we work closely with our RPO clients to ensure that their recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, helping them the attract, engage and retain the very best talent for their business.

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