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3. Take an inclusive approach to workplace health
Inclusive workplace practices will help you recruit, retain and make the most of the abilities of disabled workers and those with long-term health conditions. We will refer to both as 'workers' in this guidance.
In your business, workplace practices are inclusive:
Workplace practices which are inclusive can provide business benefits. These include increased productivity, a bigger talent pool, greater creativity and innovation.
Design an inclusive workplace
Design your workplace so it is inclusive to everyone who accesses it, for example workers and sub-contractors.Make sure nobody is at a disadvantage. Everyone should be able to deliver their work effectively, safely and efficiently. Any changes can be appropriate to the size of your business.
Provide accessible workplace practices
Your workplace practices need to be:
- easy for all of your workers to understand
They should help you identify, understand and address workplace barriers.
Apply practices consistently and fairly. Modifications can vary. An example of an appropriate modification could be disability leave or flexible working. Provide timely responses to requests for workplace adjustments. For example acknowledge them within two weeks.
Monitor and review workplace practices. This can help ensure you apply them appropriately, proportionately and they remain fit for purpose.
Raise awareness and promote inclusive practices
Role modelling and disability champions can endorse inclusive practices.
Raise awareness of internal and external support available through health promotion activities. This could include:
- training on stress management
- visibility of your peer support networks
Provide additional advice
If you need help to develop a solution to a complex situation, you could access competent advice.
This could come from:
- the Access to Work scheme
- employee advice schemes
- an occupational health provider
Access to Work
Access to Work can help a worker get or stay in work if they have a physical or mental health condition or disability.
The support they get will depend on their needs. Through Access to Work, they can apply for:
- a grant to help pay for practical support with work
- support with managing mental health at work
- money to pay for communication support at job interviews