An Award-Winning Success Story

I recently heard Paralympian Georgie Bullen talk at an event celebrating International Women’s Day.

Wow, what a woman. Georgie is one of five people in the UK with a rare form of macular degeneration, meaning that she has just 12 degrees of vision. When Georgie was told that she wasn’t going to be able to continue her A levels due to the dangerous straining of her eyes (which could have lead to complete blindness) she was devastated. Her dreams of going to University were shattered. Having been at a mainstream school all her life, for the first time Georgie felt disabled. Entering the world of work, she found that she couldn’t get a job as employers didn’t know how to adapt the role (or the workplace) to her needs.

Not surprising when you learn that 73% of blind and partially sighted people in the UK are unemployed.

Eventually Georgie picked herself up and thought perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong thing? Why do employers find it so hard to employ blind or partially sighted people? The misconceptions around blindness mean that employers often think you are blind, not realising that there is a spectrum. Why should everyone be labeled and assumptions made?

At that moment, Georgie decided to start her own business, introducing her sport (Goalball) into the workplace as a team building experience. With the support of Prince’s Trust, Georgie now uses her disability to enable others.

Turning Adversity into Opportunity

Instead of giving up, Georgie found a way to turn adversity into opportunity. As the saying goes, there’s always a window open when a door shuts!

There are over 2 million people living in the UK with sight loss which is a lot of talent currently being overlooked or turned away by employers. And 7 million people of working age are disabled or have a health condition.

As a candidate with a disability, you are able to request that employers make reasonable adjustments’ to the role (such as changing working hours or providing equipment) to ensure that you’re able to do your job. The costs of which are usually low!

Candidates need to help educate employers so that we can overcome the barriers to employment that disabled people so often face. Employers shouldn’t turn away candidates just because they are different. Awareness is key there are many organisations working in the UK to help overcome disability bias within the workplace the world of recruitment just needs to embrace them.

Inspired by Georgie Bullen’s story? Read more about how she overcame adversity in the workplace.

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Having a difficult conversation?

In almost any job, there will come a time when we will be forced to have difficult conversations.

In management roles, these are more common. You may have to make an employee redundant, address your Board about lower than expected results or address an employee’s performance.  Alternatively, it may be you who is nervous about approaching your boss, either about an issue at work or your personal circumstances.

On a day-to-day basis, there are almost always internal working issues that can be difficult to broach for fear of upsetting or offending a colleague.

None of us want to be disliked or, worse, lose our job.  Our tendency can be to take the least stressful short-term solution and avoid having these difficult conversations at all costs.

Meanwhile, more bullish individuals may approach these situations more ‘directly’, which could cause conflict and low morale within the organisation.

Our October Executive Career Spotlight session : How to Deal with Difficult Conversations will address these issues for individuals and organisations alike.  Katherine Wiid, one of 400 LAB Profiling specialists in the world, will be sharing her expertise in “decoding” the language that people use to help you identify what is motivating them to act in a certain way. Understanding this will help you to deal with difficult conversations.

You can listen to an excerpt of Katherine’s radio interview with Mark Peters on Star Radio Cambridge  here:

The Executive Career Spotlight  is taking place on Monday 21 October and will teach you invaluable skills to enable you:

  • To prepare for difficult conversations
  • To be alert for verbal and non verbal signals and have strategies up your sleeve to deal with them
  • To use language effectively to diffuse the situation
  • To control your emotions and have the confidence to deal with whatever comes your way
  • And much, much more!

This interactive workshop on How to Deal with Difficult Conversations is taking place in Cambridge. Places are limited so booking early is highly recommended. For more information and details on how to book your place, click here.

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