Featured image above: Amplify Success! October, 2018 Success Story – Abby Monger, employed at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries, pictured with Dirkse CC Employment Specialist, Chris Perry
by Cindy Bahl
Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
A New Year Challenge – New Year, New Employer, New YOU!
The New Year brings many opportunities for change. Resolutions abound to lose weight, exercise more, eat less, drink less; read more books, and so on. There is potential for a resolution for everyone and just about everything; so how about a resolution to help your workplace have a more inclusive culture toward people with disabilities? It’s a resolution that is pretty easy, unlike so many others we tend to make and quickly break.
This past year our team at Dirkse CC assisted over 30 individuals who experience various disabilities in obtaining employment in our community, many of whom were featured in previous posts or at Amplify! events. The success stories happened because, in many cases, employers made a commitment to become more inclusive and look at the skills and abilities of each candidate, matching them with their business need.
How can YOU create a success story in your workplace?
It all starts with YOU! Here are a few tips or possible New Year’s resolutions to consider:
- Increase your knowledge about disabling conditions – Participate in trainings, read articles and books that focus on disabilities.
- Advocate for people with disabilities – Volunteer, offer support, participate in Employee Resource Groups (or form one at your workplace!)
- Check your unconscious bias – Be aware of labels, assumptions and pre-conceived notions based on myths, experience or what you think you know about disabling conditions.
- Put PEOPLE first – Use “people first” language, such as “a person with a disability” versus “a handicapped person.”
Become a catalyst for change in 2019 – it all starts with YOU, wherever you are; see the ability in others!
If your workplace needs a challenge to become more inclusive in the New Year, we can help! Our Dirkse CC training team provides complimentary consultations and customized training to help employers meet their disability diversity and inclusion goals. We also offer workshops for individuals and businesses throughout the year. Visit our website and join our email list to learn more and stay informed. www.dirksecc.com
The Amplify! initiative was created by Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. with the support of Oregon Employment First and is sustained by collaboration with numerous employer and community partners. For more information or to be involved in the Amplify! Initiative, please contact Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at 503-258-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.