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BIFM pledges support to the development of disabled employees

The professional body for facilities management, BIFM, has pledged its support of disabled people within the workplace by becoming a Disability Confident Committed Employer.

The scheme, which promotes a positive approach to enabling disabled people and those with other health conditions within the workplace, focuses on attracting the right people to the organisation, keeping and developing them.

In addition to helping customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace, it helps employers to draw from the widest possible pool of talent, secure high-quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hardworking, and improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that all employees are treated fairly.

“Providing safe and efficient working environments in which people feel well, energised, productive and enthusiastic about their work is a fundamental part of facilities management,” said BIFM’s HR advisor Sian Harvey. “A good workplace should support and enable every employee to achieve to the best of their ability, making them want to come to work and perform well once they are there.

“As the professional body for facilities management, we strongly believe BIFM should be leading by example when it comes to equality in the workplace and we are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer. This not only sends a signal to our employees, members and stakeholders about the type of organisation that we are, but demonstrates our commitment to developing behaviour and cultures to ensure we make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to our Institute.”

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, BIFM has pledged to explore ways in which it can make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people, such as ensuring its recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and supporting existing employees who develop a disability or long-term health condition to enable them to stay in work.

More information about the scheme can be found here