How committed are you to disability for the employees within your business? Why is this important and what can you do to improve and ensure your company is on the road to being disability confident.
Here we will guide you on how to start or improve being disability confident within your business.
Did you know that 1 in 12 of your workforces, that’s 1 in 12 of your team or colleagues could either be deaf or have a hearing loss?
Disability covers a wide range of conditions. Deafness is one of the hidden disabilities and 54% of employees with hearing loss are reluctant to tell their employer. Therefore, this highlights the need for employers to commit to disability to ensure they are meeting the needs of all their employees, giving them opportunities to disclose their disability and feel included.
We often underestimate just how important office banter is to the feeling of happiness and inclusion in the workplace. Can you imagine seeing colleagues laughing, but you don’t know why? Without a doubt, you would feel left out and not part of the team.
Often deaf staff can be the last to know what’s going on, whether that be relevant business developments or that a team member is celebrating a birthday that week. Therefore, by being aware of the needs of those around you is a great start to make improvements in your working environment.
The Disability Confident Scheme
The Disability Confident Scheme is in place for companies to look at how they can recruit, retain and develop disabled people. There are 3 levels on this disability confident journey and by ensuring your company is deaf aware, you are taking steps to be inclusive, looking at the needs of your deaf and/or hard of hearing employees which will break down any barriers and allow them to thrive within your business.
What steps can you take?
- Find out the needs of the disabled people working in your company.
- Sign up to the Disability Confident commitments
Let us help you to gain techniques, skills and confidence to recruit, retain and develop people with deafness and hearing loss within your team! If you would like to know more on how terptree can help you with your deaf employee experience, book a call with us, we would love to chat to you!
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