Operating within corporate offices, hospitals, defense bases, universities, schools, airport lounges, mines and prisons. Through consultation with disability support agencies, Compass Group has developed a comprehensive program to support the successful transition of job seekers living with disability into employment and ongoing satisfying careers
Head of Diversity Projects for Compass Group Australia, Natasha Caflisch says having a workforce that reflects the wider community is important to the company.
“Not only is diversity fundamental to our corporate culture it is also associated with increased staff morale, and greater customer /client satisfaction, which builds a stronger business overall. “Essentially when time is taken to match the right candidate with the right role, we see successful and sustainable employment outcomes, which is beneficial to the whole organisation,” Natasha said.
“James is a great example of the type of employee we strive for in our customer facing roles. He is engaging, warm and friendly while providing quick and efficient service to each guest. James joined Compass Group through the NSW High Growth Job’s initiative and with adjustments to the recruitment process to meet James’ needs, our hiring Manager was able to focus on his ability and recognise his great potential,” Natasha said.
Compass Group aims to attract, develop and retain great people by minimising barriers and educating all team members about the benefits of employing people with disability. Throughout 2017 Compass Group successfully recruited an additional 77 new employees who identify as living with disability, into a range of roles including Technical and Trade qualified positions, Apprenticeships, School based traineeships, Administration, Chefs, Food & Beverage attendants, Kitchen Hands, Cleaners and Management positions.
“These great employment outcomes are largely due to the success of our internal Disability Awareness Training Programs which have given our Managers confidence to make workplace changes that accommodate diversity”, said Natasha.
Executive Director Human Resources & Risk , Rosie McArdle says “we are proud to welcome people with disability to Compass Group, offering a flexible workplace where individual potential can flourish”.
“Being accessible and inclusive of people with disability in all areas of our business fits with our culture of care and respect and is consistent with the expectations of our valued clients and the communities in which we operate”, Rosie said.
Compass Group Australia was awarded Employer of the Year at the 2017 National Disability Awards for the organisation’s work to increase inclusion of people with disability in the workplace.
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