We are excited for 2022 and beyond! At AllAbility Recruiting, our passion and motivation for building a better culture have never been stronger. The big question we face, and the disability community as a whole faces is: how do we translate our passion into results? Getting companies to talk about the culture of inclusion is a start, but the hiring and promoting of qualified disabled candidates (especially at mid-senior levels) is not where it should or needs to be.
As the largest minority group – over 25% in the United States – we must utilize the old adage “there is strength in numbers.” We must all challenge the status quo with discussions around the culture of hiring/promoting practices in the business world, and tough/uneasy conversations with our peers, executives, and HR personnel. Hiring a person just because they have a disability is not what we, or anyone, want…hiring a person with a disability because they are best qualified is what we all want—a level playing field…nothing more…nothing less.
Let’s not just share the message but rather share our passion. This culture shift is not going to happen overnight. It reminds me of a story I heard many years back about a college football coach who was hired to come in and rebuild the program. At the first team meeting, he told those young men that they would not be there when the football team gets to the top, and most likely, he wouldn’t be either. But, they are laying the foundation for what the program and future teams can/will be down the road.
It starts with the right culture…getting everyone on the same page and having a “We” mentality in everything. Believing and trusting the process. Knowing in your heart that better times will come. That coach was right….he and those players in that locker room didn’t see immediate results, but that program was put on the right path. A different coach and different players took what was started and led the team to a bowl game.
AllAbility Recruiting might not be around when the Disability Community finally gets on a level playing field and is represented at all levels in Corporate America, but we continue to believe our efforts will lead to stronger advocacy and a more inclusive culture. We all look forward to the day when the Disability Community reaches their bowl game!
Unbroken to the end. Let’s make a difference one person at a time!