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ItemImproving Access and Inclusion in Employment for People with Disabilities: Implementation of Workplace Adjustments in ‘Best-Practice’ OrganisationsRaymond, M ; Olsen, J ; Ainsworth, S ; LOTIA, N ; Harbridge, R ; HOLLAND, A (Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne, 2019)The Centre for Workplace Leadership (CWL), in consultation with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) and with funding from the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne, embarked on research to: disseminate information about best practice in implementing workplace adjustments; make a meaningful contribution to disability rights advocacy in the employment sphere; facilitate meaningful engagement between academic enquiry and business practice; and aid the pursuit of self-determination and full and equal participation in society by people with disabilities. To achieve these aims, we conducted interviews of managers and employees with disabilities in ‘best-practice’ organisations in Australia.
ItemResearch Insights: Improving access and inclusion in employment for people with disabilitiesOlsen, J ; Holland, A ; Harbridge, R ; Raymond, M (The Centre for Workplace Leadership, 2017-04-01)The inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce is a social and economic imperative for Australia. However, barriers to employment and retention persist, as reflected in low workforce participation rates among people with disabilities. Key barriers to access and inclusion in the workplace include: (1) lack of access to education and training, (2) misconceptions and stigma, (3) non-inclusive workplace environments, and (4) discrimination. Some barriers may be addressed through various activities, including training and education programs for people with disabilities and for people without, the systematic provision of workplace adjustments, and the implementation of more inclusive organisational practices. The Centre for Workplace Leadership has established a research program to promote more inclusive workplaces for individuals with disabilities.
ItemDeveloping Leaders in Business Schools: A Case Report on First Year Student LeadersOLSEN, J ; Butar, I ; Gahan, P ; Harbridge, R ; Van Woonroy, B (Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne, 2016)Developing leadership capabilities in young people comes with the territory of being in a business school. The Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne offers a First Year Leaders Forum on a voluntary basis to all students. Centre for Workplace Leadership researchers surveyed two groups of first year students – those who took part in the Forum, and those that chose not to. The survey was administered immediately before the Forum and repeated six months later. Testing for four leadership competencies and two leadership attributes, they established that the intervention in the form of the Forum, improved first year students motivation to lead. Further they found that those who joined student groups or associations, volunteered or had served internships demonstrated higher levels of motivation to lead. The study showed that even small interventions can develop leadership attributes and as a result increase the levels of motivation to lead.