HR, Holidays and Inclusion in the Workplace


Walk into a retail store, and you’ve already seen the evidence.

Each year it seems to arrive faster, and the holiday season is upon us yet again. For employees, this has many implications both in and out of the workplace. For HR, we need to be strategic with our holiday workplace happenings.

Here are simple, yet important things for HR professionals to remember for a positive employee experience during the holiday season.

Inclusive Messaging

Human resources departments need to keep a pulse on diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout...


As People with Disabilities Gain Employment Opportunities, Companies gain the #DisabilityAdvantage



People with disabilities are 1 Billion people strong worldwide making us the world’s largest diverse segment that crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. At Disability:IN, we aim to empower business to achieve disability inclusion and equality. We’re working together with business leaders like Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft and Disability:IN board chair to close the unemployment gap for talent with disabilities. Both Jenny and Jill Houghton, President & CEO of Disability:IN, are people with disabilities and believe disability is a strength....


When Looks Deceive: Detecting & Accommodating Invisible Disabilities An Interview with Lara de Leon #NDEAM


Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova

One of the most gratifying things about having formerly worked at the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) is that the agency’s work helps provide integration and support for individuals with disabilities. VAC is a social service nonprofit that provides community transit and community nutrition services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income persons.

Serving persons with disabilities is very important to me. Especially so is helping bridge gaps for persons with “invisible...


Diversity In Hiring: It’s More Than Policy, It’s Best Practice #NDEAM



On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) hosted their monthly professional development event: Diversity in Hiring. It’s more than policy, it’s best practice.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the BNHRA was excited to host an experienced panel of speakers that answered questions about diversity and hiring, mental illness in the workplace, invisible and visible disabilities, accommodation practices and accommodation success stories. The panel featured:

  •  Brandon Bless, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYS-CB)
  •  Jean Mulligan, Federal Investigator
  • ...

5 Ways to Practice Disability Inclusion #NDEAM


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Every October, the US Department of Labor (DOL) observes the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign celebrates the contributions made by workers with disabilities and also raises awareness about the issues they face in employment.

According to reports from the World Health Organization and the World Bank, over a billion people live with some form of disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states that disability affects nearly 1 in 4 people in the United States.

On the broad spectrum of disabilities, some are visible...


Learning Disability Employment Best Practices #NDEAM



One of the great things about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM) is the interesting events being organized to discuss this topic and work on solutions.

This month I attended the second annual Disability Inclusion Forum hosted by Business for Impact, a program of Georgetown University’s School of Business with the mission of helping their students and businesses solve societal problems. The one-day meeting was focused on learning best practices for closing the disability employment gap from a variety of businesses and other organizations working...


What the Nationals’ World Series Journey Teaches Us About Workplace Culture



Workplace culture.

For an intangible force, culture has a critical impact on every part of your business. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently released a report on the high costs of a toxic workplace. This report revealed that 20 percent of employees have left their job due to the culture of their organization.

Creating and maintaining an outstanding culture is no easy feat. That’s why when businesses authentically discuss the culture they’re working to build, we pay attention.

You may not immediately think...


The Challenge of Creating a Professional Culture



Individualism is on the rise in America. It has always shaped the American ethos, giving Americans the values of personal autonomy, ambition, and liberty. Collectivist societies, on the other hand, emphasize social harmony and interdependence, which sometimes leads to the belief that the good of the group outweighs the needs of individuals. As such, individualism, and the values that it reinforces, allows for diversity within a community and an organization. 

However, if the focus on individualism erodes our sense of community—and the rise of individualism in America has done just...


What Is the Biggest Driver Of Employee Engagement?



I got to see Marcus Buckingham speak at the HR Technology Conference in Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I think it’s the 2,319th time I’ve seen him speak. I’m not sure if I’ve seen Marcus or Josh Bersin speak more, it’s probably almost a tie. Basically, if you go to HR conferences, you get to see those two dudes speak, a lot!

That’s not a bad thing. Both bring great data and are strong presenters, Marcus has the English accent which all American’s love. Marcus and ADP’s Reseach Institute released some...