Chamber, The Disability Network team up for four-part workshop series

Is your company missing out on an untapped talent pool? Research from Accenture, in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, suggests that you might be.

According to Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage, only 29 percent of Americans with disabilities (ages 16-64) participated in the workforce in July 2018. In contrast, 75 percent of Americans without a disability were working at that time.

That’s a disadvantage for today’s employers. After all, in the aforementioned study of 140 U.S. companies, the 45 that embraced disability inclusion in the workplace consistently outperformed their peers. So much so that, on average, they achieved 28 percent higher revenue and double the net income.

It’s with this in mind that the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with The Disability Network for online workshop series designed to help local organizations become champions of diversity and inclusion. By covering everything from hiring practices to employee development, these four webinars will prepare you to develop your company’s culture to benefit employees at all levels.

While these webinars are provided at no-cost to attendees, registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please select the links provided below.

Note: Attendance to all four sessions is not required, but it is encouraged.

June 17: The Freak Factor-Leverage Weaknesses as Strengths (9-11 a.m.)

Improve your business’s bottom line by leveraging the perceived weaknesses of your co-workers and colleagues. Using powerful self-assessments from Dave Rendall, author of “The Freak Factor,” you can identify weaknesses and learn how to leverage them into strengths. With the right perspective and an uncommon approach, you will find that what was once thought of as liability is actually an asset.

June 24: Unconscious Bias (9-11 a.m.)

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness – and they can negatively impact your business and workplace. This training will cover how to recognize and navigate unconscious bias in yourself as well as your co-workers. It will also teach you how to facilitate meaningful and safe conversations about unconscious bias.

July 16: Reasonable Accommodations for Employees (9-11 a.m.)

Increase employee productivity and retention by promoting positive workplace culture and inclusion. This training will provide insight into reasonable accommodations, which remove workplace barriers for employees with disabilities. During this training session, participants will learn how to have conversations with employees and managers about reasonable accommodations. Attendees will also leave with an understanding of how to access resources to start or improve inclusive employment initiatives.

July 23: Motivating Your Employees (9-11 a.m.)

Looking to increase engagement and promote a team atmosphere? Learn effective communication techniques that will get your employees off the fence and into action. Using proven methods from Motivational Interviewing method, you can help your employees identify goals and create a self-propelled action plan.