Monday, August 2 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop 1: Intentional Inclusion in the Post COVID-19 Workplace: Strumming Your Own Chord

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There are many unknowns regarding the post COVID-19 American workplace. However, we do know that leaders will need to be much more intentional in their disability inclusionary efforts. The pandemic has shone a bright light on lingering workplace inequities. All employers have been challenged to develop even more innovative strategies for maintaining our diverse workplaces. The future of work must be one where every employee job seeker has the opportunities and tools to succeed and advance. To meet these challenges, EARN has conducted research into workplace responses to the pandemic. This session will highlight practical application of findings as well as a conversation with leaders from various industries as to how they have managed to remain disability inclusive even in these unprecedented times.

ABSTRACT

There are many unknowns regarding the post COVID-19 American workplace. The pandemic has revealed workplace inequities that challenge the most inclusive of employers. Leaders will need to be much more intentional in their disability inclusionary efforts. In this session, PepsiCo and CVS Health will share workplace responses for enhancing employee communication, engagement, and training. Each company will highlight inclusionary practices to maintain workplace productivity, well-being, and resilience in these unprecedented times.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the dimensions of disability inclusion in the COVID-19 era and the change this has on workplace policies.

  • Building positive, productive interactions that aid in the ongoing transition to new patterns of work.

  • Developing human-centric approaches to support workers in meeting future workplace demands.

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Louis Orslene - ODEP
Ivy Latimer - CVS Health
Rick Laferriere - CVS Health
Matthew Saleh - Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
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