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Driving positive change, how could consultancy help you? - Part one

07 Jan 2019

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By Rob Small, National Disability Training and Consultancy Manager, Remploy

At Remploy, we have many conversations with organisations who are looking to develop their strategy to help them become a more inclusive and diverse employer, and ensure their colleagues are supported appropriately. However, the biggest challenge faced is where to start.

Organisations often start to address these challenges with a workplace investment such as an Employee Assistance Programme or Occupational Health service, or even a programme of training for managers and internal champions. This is how you can create a more confident and inclusive workforce culture with the right skills, knowledge and tools to do so, right? 

However, without a robust strategy that starts from the top of the chain, we have seen time and time again that when it comes to implementing and sustaining any level of change in behaviours and approaches to disability, mental wellbeing and long-term medical conditions, colleagues will often revert to traditional ways of working and comfort zones. They believe they lack the support, direction and clarity required from the organisation as a whole. All too often, this results in a tick box exercise which fails to deliver any real positive changes to the organisation. 

It's a little bit like a puncture repair kit for a bicycle, you can repair the wheel in the short-term. However, at some point in the very near future you know that it will need replacing with a new tyre that is more robust and able to stand the test of time, giving you the reassurance for that long journey ahead. 

By taking the time to explore the challenges and opportunities that exist, you can really make a real difference. This is where working with an organisation like Remploy can ensure you meet and exceed your objective and reap the rewards, as many of our partners do. 

At Remploy, we lead by example. Did you know we were one of the first companies in the UK to have been awarded ‘Leader’ status by the national Disability Confident Scheme operated by the Department for Work and Pensions? The accolade, which is the highest award, recognises an employer dedicated to supporting disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace, as well as helping other employers to become more disability confident themselves.

We have over 70 years of experience in supporting disabled people ‘in and into’ work and operate in every sector of the UK economy, working with over 2000 UK employers to make their workplace more inclusive, and a great place to work!

Gareth Parry, Remploy Chief Executive, says “I am immensely proud of our Disability Confident Leader status. It is important to the delivery of our mission to transform the lives of disabled people through sustainable employment that we set an example of best practice as a business ourselves. At least 30 per cent of all Remploy colleagues, including at board level, are disabled. It is a key priority for us to ensure that disabled people see Remploy as a great place to work.”

We work with organisations to understand ‘why’ they want to adopt a change for the better from the outset. There are many reasons why this may be and each one is a unique challenge for every company. By understanding this from the outset, the journey can always have a checkpoint and be monitored to demonstrate the level of achievement at regular milestones and the return on investment. Our journey together is then ready to begin - in consulting and assessing the organisation's approach to disability and mental wellbeing in the workplace, reporting back findings and equipping them with solutions which encompass all areas and aspects of their businesses.  

Why not speak to us about how we can support your organisation to develop a new, or change an existing strategy? One that that will drive real change and enable sustainment, equipping your organisation with the tools and confidence to create a truly inclusive and diverse workforce that will stand the test of time. Visit our website or contact us to discuss how we can support.

About Rob
I have 11+ years experience of working for Remploy, both directly with customers facing a variety of barriers including disability, ex-offending and long-term unemployment, and in contract/project management roles. I joined Remploy having had a retail management background and it gave me a unique perspective of recruitment into work.

I have a wealth of experience in training methodology, consultancy, programme coordination and delivery, both internally within Remploy and externally to organisations, and also hold a Diploma in Learning and Development. 

I head up the Disability Training and Consultancy team with Remploy and ensure standardisation and qualitative delivery of services across the team, as well as managing key programmes including those with The Education and Training Foundation (ETF), North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), Versus Arthritis, Nationwide Plc, Veolia and NHS Digital.  

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