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How wise is recruiting for ‘culture fit’?

I hear so many recruiters say they are looking for ‘culture fit’ when assessing candidates. Is this wise? In my experience, very rarely. Culture is defined as “the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs of a particular group of people at a particular time” in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Or, put more…

Can you be ‘a little bit inclusive’?

A few years ago, if I had asked employers about their approach to diversity, most would have said it wasn’t relevant to them. Business is about making profit, delivering products or services and getting the best people for the job. They weren’t interested in inclusion or having a diverse workforce – they just wanted to…

How important is language?

I had a really interesting conversation with some disabled friends recently about inclusive language. The timing was interesting, as it was shortly after hearing of the sad death of Mike Oliver, who was instrumental in promoting a new way of thinking about disability in the 1980s, called the social model of disability. Up to this…

We’re going to Naidex – are you?

Naidex is Europe’s largest disability event for trade, healthcare professionals and end-users. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on the 26th & 27th March, Naidex gathers innovation, information, cutting edge suppliers, and the most inspirational speakers from around the world to one venue, over two unforgettable days It’s an important event in Evenbreak’s calendar, and we’re involved on…

How Job Carving Can Help Disabled Employees and the Organisation

‘Job carving’, which refers to customising duties or creating specialist jobs for disabled people, is a method that’s being used more and more nowadays. As jobs become more flexible due to technology, companies look to job carving to create opportunities for disabled people. And it turns out that it benefits employees and organisations in many…

Get that job – Ask for what you need!

Finding suitable work can be a challenge for most people, but for disabled people there are often additional aspects to be considered, both in terms of accessing the recruitment process on an equal basis, and also in terms of the nature of the role itself. Asking for what you want or need is important. There…

10 Top Tips for Becoming Disability Confident

  The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace. It has three levels. Evenbreak was one of the first few organisations to achieve level 3 (leader). Essentially, being disability confident means removing barriers that disabled people might face. Here are our top tips: Know why…

Talking Positively About Disability to Prospective Employers

Talking positively about disability can make the difference between really impressing a prospective employer or putting them off you altogether. Disabled people make great employees The reality is that, in many cases, as disabled candidates we make the best employees. On average, we are just as productive as non-disabled people (often more so). We tend…

Some Irreverent Boxing Day Viewing

The turkey is eaten, the presents unwrapped, and it’s the same old films being shown on TV. So we thought we’d share some fun videos with you (although beware of some inappropriate humour!). We like Zach Anner’s Top 10 things I wish people knew about Cerebral Palsy (and he has the biceps of a Greek…

Reflections on 2018 – Evenbreak’s Jane Hatton looks back…

  Like many of us, I like to take a moment at this point in the year to look back over the last twelve months. And what a year it has been for Evenbreak! Please indulge me as I reflect on some of the highlights.   Employer Engagement A number of amazing organisations confirmed their…

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