Organizational Development

A collaborative, productive, and innovative, workforce values strengths and builds on successes to create an environment where all employees work better together.

Employees of all different functional abilities, cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives work better together, and everyone thrives, with “Harmony at Work,” through Cooperative Understanding.

Many companies are interested in hiring and maintaining a qualified workforce of skilled employees with disabilities. The United States Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requires any company doing business with the Federal Government to maintain a 7% ratio of employees with disabilities, whom must voluntarily self-identify their disability status through a federally standardized questionnaire.

However, many companies that knowingly engage in targeted recruiting of employees with disabilities are finding out that they are unwilling to voluntarily self-identify their disability status in the “self-identification survey.”

One major, U.S. based, energy corporation, that engages in such targeted recruiting, had only 44 out of almost 30,000 employees self-identify, through the survey, as having a disability. Many, immediately proclaimed that they weren’t disabled, upset, concerned, and skeptical about the reason why they were being asked to take the survey.

Why? Employees are uncomfortable, and fearful, to ask for help, request needed accommodations, and categorize themselves as disabled in deficit-based thinking, problem-solving, corporate cultures. Most managers are conditioned to root out problems and fix, or eliminate, them. Any employee experiencing difficulty performing their assigned work is, or has a problem, that must be fixed, or eliminated. This creates an environment filled with fear. Helix Opportunity eliminates this fear and discomfort by facilitating “Harmony at Work” through Cooperative Understanding.

Diversity is critical to innovation and success. You need employees from all different cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and functional abilities to thrive in your workforce if you are going to be productive, effective, creative and innovative.

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