Inclusive hiring practices help set an empowering example

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Employee helps make recycling depot more approachable
Wednesday October 19, 2011 — Ryan Rogers

Supervisor Alisdair Archibald and the two men he supports through the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) were delivering recyclables at the Burnaby Recycling and Yard Waste Depot when they were approached by an employee who “really made an effort to chat with one of our guys a couple of times and they’ve gotten to know each other a fair bit,” says Alisdair.

The employee, who has disabilities, greeted them and they’ve established a strong rapport.

“This fellow came up and approached us and said hello, and started chatting, and they formed a good relationship over the past few years,” he says.

“It’s nice for these guys to go out and meet their peers, (who are) in a regular paid position,” says Alisdair. “It’s nice that that face to the city is there.”

The person at the depot helped make the workplace more approachable for the men Alisdair supports.

“That’s huge, not everybody would necessarily feel comfortable approaching and saying hello,” says Alisdair. “These guys don’t seem to have the same kinds of barriers or walls up to chatting with anybody or to approach and say hello.”

Alisdair says inclusive hiring practices increase the likelihood of the people that BACI supports connecting and building a rapport with people in the community.

“Some guys find it easier to chat with some of the guys we work with, they have that instant rapport or bond, which is nice to see,” he says.

“A lot of my guys have been really quite empowered by meeting this guy who’s already got a job that makes them more interested in actually going out there and trying it for themselves,” he says.

“This fellow working at the recycling plant doesn’t need any supervision, he doesn’t need any help, he’s very outgoing and helpful to customers — what a great employee.”

As employers see that the people BACI supports have a lot to offer and can make meaningful connections with members of the community, it promotes inclusive hiring practices.

“There are a lot of people, companies and government organizations that are starting to take that step,” adds Alisdair.

If you have a story you would like to share with the BACI Blast, please contact the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 29, or e-mail ryan(at)axiomnews.ca.

 

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