Microlink CEO Dr Nasser Siabi OBE delivered a very well received presentation at Westminster yesterday, about improving disability support in the workplace.

The event focused on bringing in charities, employers and service providers to share their knowledge and experiences in the area of disability management support in the workplace, for attendees ranging from HR Officers, Policy Officers, and Equality Consultants. The agenda covered:

  • What kinds of support disabled people want from employers
  • How employers can break down barriers to recruit more disabled people
  • What can be learnt from employers with good records in supporting disabled employees

The event opened with the Chair Amanda Ariss (Chief Executive, Equality & Diversity Forum), leading to the morning session which saw Helen John (Deputy Director of Disability & Work Opportunities, DWP) and Liz Sayce (Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK) talking about employers’ legal duties and Government plans to support them.

The afternoon session saw Brendan Roach (Senior Disability Consultant and Information & Advice Manager, Business Disability Forum), Graeme Whippy (Senior Manager, Group Disability Programme, Lloyds Banking Group) and Dr Nasser Siabi OBE (CEO, Microlink) presenting their experience about how employers can deploy cost effective reasonable adjustments in the workplace.

Graeme Whippy discussed what lead Lloyds Banking Group to search for the best way to deploy a reasonable adjustment process, and Nasser Siabi presented the case study results of Microlink’s workplace reasonable adjustment process with Lloyds Banking Group, operating since 2010. The data tracked the development of the process, highlighting key decisions which lead to a more streamlined delivery and lower costs, whilst increasing line manager and colleague satisfaction.