Free training session to help businesses become Confident with Disability

12th September 2018

A free training workshop will give business leaders valuable insights into the benefits of promoting inclusivity within the workplace.

Disability advocate, Yasmin Sheikh, Founder of Diverse Matters, and Amanda Okill, Senior Employment Lawyer at Furley Page will host the workshop, which aims to improve confidence with disability and health conditions, and boost inclusivity in the workplace.

The free workshop, titled How to be Confident with Disability in the Workplace, will take place on Wednesday 3 October at Hardwicke Chambers, New Square, London. The workshop is aimed at employers, HR professionals, diversity and inclusion experts, managers, and people with disabilities.

Amanda Okill, Senior Associate at Furley Page, said: “A common assumption made about hiring disabled people is that they risk making businesses unprofitable, due to high absence levels, costly adjustments and the possibility of tribunal litigation. However, these misleading presumptions about disability at work risk holding back employers and their staff.

“Organisations that fail to engage positively with as diverse a talent pool as possible, including those with disabilities, risk losing valuable opportunities and expertise, while misguided and incorrect assumptions about disability put many businesses off hiring disabled people.

“This workshop will focus on visible and hidden disabilities and highlight some of the many benefits to employers in recruiting from the widest possible talent pool, including people with disabilities.”

The free training workshop will cover:

  • An overview of the law concerning people with disabilities.
  • The four key areas you need to master to be confident with disability at work - Business, Bias, Behaviour and Belonging.
  •  Practical examples of how to create an inclusive culture at work to get the best out of people.
  • How to manage different people effectively thereby increasing staff satisfaction and productivity.

Registration is from 6:30pm, and the workshop runs from 7pm to 8pm.


Notes to editors

Diverse Matters

Diverse Matters is a specialist training consultancy that helps organisations and individuals to approach diversity and disability (both visible and non-visible) with confidence and strength.

Diverse Matters uses training workshops, tailored seminars and interactive events to help individuals and organisations embrace diversity and disability, training them on how to set up initiatives and structures to support themselves and the people around them.

Founded by Yasmin Sheikh, Diverse Matters works with organisations such as Thomson Reuters, Mayer Brown, Eversheds-Sutherland and JP Morgan to improve organisational performance, staff development and retention through embracing diversity.

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