What is the #myworkstory campaign?
On Friday 1 December 2017, Independent Living in Scotland, part of Inclusion Scotland, is launched #myworkstory, a social media campaign to encourage disabled people to get talking about being themselves at work.
The campaign marks International Day of Disabled People 2017 on 3rd December 2017, and will use the experiences shared to tell the Scottish Government what steps employers can take to make it easier for disabled people to be themselves at work and to ask for and get the adjustments they need to be as effective in their job as possible.
The evidence will also inform the Annual Disabled People’s Summit on 16 January 2018 in Edinburgh on the subject of “Employer-ability” – the things employers can do to attact, retain and promote disabled people. The summit is part of a series of events on the Scottish Government Disability Delivery Plan commitment to halve the disability employment gap.
We want to prompt an online conversation about safe openness at work and what this means for employers and employees and what happens for disabled people when it is not possible.
Why have this type of conversation?
The Scottish Government is committed to halving the disability employment gap. This is warmly welcomed but work to reduce the gap will have greater impact if we improve the experience of disabled people needing to discuss impairments and workplace adjustments with employers.
What kind of difference do we want? – yes, we want more disabled people to get jobs if they are able and want to work but we also want disabled people to have better experiences at work.
Essentially we want people to tell their story about being a disabled person at work, what helps them to be themselves and what gets in the way.
To find out more read our myworkstory campaign briefing.
How can you take part?
You can take part by telling your own story on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #myworkstory and tag Inclusion Scotland so we can repost on our accounts.
We don’t need specific details about workplaces or colleagues – we want to make sure people keep themselves safe.
If you want to share their story anonymously or are not on social media they can e-mail Rhona at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 281 0860.