Is Michael McGrath right?
Did you see Michael's article in Caterer and Hotelkeeper from 24th April? If not then have a look (page 46). The final question he posed was - Employing talented disabled people is not a new idea, so why is it such a battle?
The issue of people with disabilities for this industry is a battle full stop. There are many companies that genuinely think they are doing a great job. I have just received a letter from one following a recent stay, I will leave you to work out which one from my recent blogs. The problem is that policies that they think are taking place from a Head Office viewpoint are not actually happening in the hotels they own or run.
When it comes to local employment this should be a local initiative based on the pool of talent available in that area and matched to the nedds of the employer. There are so many opportunities and there are some good examples of Best Practice in the article. The question is why are there not more when skills issue and employment take up so much space in the magazine, the media and on TableTalk. A hotel can employ a pschizophrenic providing they give them the right environment. and support to work in such as: giving them one task at a time; talking to them face to face; regularly checking they are OK. In return you will get a hard working, reliable and loyal employee. It is not rocket science and if you don't believe me talk to the Weavers Restaurant Trust. and find out what they do
When we judged the Accessible Catey recently there were examples of employees taken on trial that were then offered permanent empolyment and in some cases promoted. These are the stories we want to be talking about and I hope you will tell me about them. Is there a wheelchair user working in a kitchen? What adaptations have employees made so that they can employ someone with a disability? It is happening but it is not happening enough, unless of course you know different. May my comment box be overflowing.