The spread of the coronavirus has presented a new reality for employees and employers worldwide. Many employers are having to make quick changes and decisions in this time of forced innovation, like using new technologies to support working from home, or updating company policies on sick time. And everyone’s under a lot of stress. So how can you make sure you’re making the best decisions for your company and its employees?
One strategy for good decision-making is to keep disability inclusion top of mind. When a workplace focuses on disability inclusion, it’s not just employees with disabilities who benefit. The same thoughtful approaches that help them will help all employees to do their best work.
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Use this disability inclusion checklist to help you make good people-management decisions—even when you’re stressed out, too.
Recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding
Your business may need to hire people quickly when business needs change. Get ahead of any rush hiring needs by preparing now.
Especially during a time of stress, it’s important to stay connected with your team.
Working from home is likely to be mainstream even after the pandemic ends, so it’s a good time to improve your approach.
Jamie Studenroth is a disability inclusion coordinator at the Workplace Initiative by Understood. She has supported people with disabilities in settings such as schools, camps, nonprofits, and employment. She is a longtime advocate for disability justice in the workplace and beyond.
Reviewed by Ashley Oolman. Founder and inclusion consultant of Allied Folk, Oolman guides partners through evidence-based best practices, product development, and progressive thought leadership. From large corporations to individual allies, she transforms strategic business initiatives and advances equitable community spaces. With more than a decade of leadership experience in advocacy, employment, and workplace culture, she understands how to navigate complex environments and provide actionable insights for growth.