The Clear Company voices support for reform of Work Capability Assessment
The Clear Company has voiced its support for the proposed reform of the Work Capability Assessment announced yesterday, but calls on organisations to better accommodate reasonable adjustments in the hiring process.
The firm has welcomed the government’s recommendations to switch to a more personalised approach that moves away from a tick-box approach, along with the plans to stop reassessments of those with severe conditions.
According to the diversity consultancy, these reforms will help improve disability employment numbers, but must be supported by improvements in the hiring process, which will include a need for organisations to better provide for the specific needs of individuals.
Kate Headley, director of The Clear Company, commented, “The comments from Damian Green, Work and Pensions Secretary, that there needs to be a more ‘personalised’ way to help people find jobs is certainly something we would definitely like to see. Everybody is different and has varying needs that should be provided for. By failing to recognise this, organisations will quite simply be side-lining a huge talent pool. And, given the recent research from the CIPD which revealed that disabled employees outperform all other groups in terms of innovation and professional ambition, businesses could be overlooking hugely valuable individuals.
“In our view, Mr Green really hit the nail on the head in his suggestion that the mindset of businesses need to be changed. At the moment there are many misconceptions that are preventing organisations from hiring and retaining more individuals who live with a form of disability. In order for these reforms to be truly impactful though, organisations need to improve their approach to providing reasonable adjustments in the workplace, otherwise the progression of unemployment levels among those with disabilities will stall.”
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