Monday, October 10, 2016

Creating a welcoming work environment for people with disabilities



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People with disabilities desire to be in a workplace where they are given equal opportunities to showcase their talents and skills. However, co-workers and even some leaders might be the ones who are hindering them from reaching their full potential. Here are three tips to create a welcoming work environment for them:

Ask them when offering help.

Some people with disabilities have learned how to go around on their own. However, most people think they need help most of the time. Those who want to lend a hand to their disabled co-workers must ask first before carrying their things or helping them out with a certain task.

Feel free to communicate with them.

Aside from this, there are also other ways to communicate with them. Strike up a conversation whether in person or online. If they are co-workers, they may have great ideas and skills that will contribute greatly to a project. Everyone in the office must be accepting and open to what they have to say. On the other hand, they must not be afraid to correct them should the need arise.

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Respect their character, talents, and skills.

Their disability is not all there is to them. Just like everybody else, they have interests and hobbies. They can also be experts in the fields they’ve chosen. After all, they are in the company for their capabilities.

Knowing how to interact with people with disabilities in the workplace can give a chance to friendship and help the company grow with an individual’s significant contribution. Instead of being wary of approaching them, perhaps it’s time to learn more about them and what they have to bring to the table. A diverse and accepting company will create opportunities for all its members to thrive.

Anura Leslie Perera is a renowned international businessman who has an impressive network of fellow entrepreneurs. He puts this network in the service of his many philanthropic drives, including disaster relief operations, poverty alleviation, and support for people with disabilities. Learn more about him here.