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Engaging with Employers – Building an Alliance of Mutuality Manual

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We take a non-traditional view of employers - they aren't the problem!

Events of the past few years have changed the landscape for employers big and small. Old ways of thinking and approaching employers need to be consigned to history as we explore the new employment paradigm. In 2021, Peter Creticos writing about the future of work in his co-edited book “The Many Futures of Work” wrote: Policies that affect the many futures of work need to be informed by the wants, needs, desires, ideas, and opinions shared around kitchen tables and family events, in barbershops and beauty salons, at community gatherings, on shop floors, in places of worship, and in offices. In other words, with employers and those that seek to meet their business needs.

The path forward is to take these conversations, listen to employers and their concerns and apply the very best evidence from practice and the community and engage businesses in forward-leaning collaborations that are aimed at “Achieving the Promise of Work” for workers, their families, and their communities.

If you aren’t having this conversation with clients and employers, how can you expect to be part of the solution? This manual supports the CDERP short course by offering insight into employment consultant skills and knowledge, along with examining employer engagement from the perspective of employers and what they see wrong with and need from employment services.

The manual covers;
  • The Employment Consultant – Attitudes, Values, Skills and Knowledge
  • The Employer – Wants, Culture, Rituals, Rules and Accommodations
  • Creating an Alliance of Mutuality – Building Trust, Credibility, Value Adding, Demand Side and the Business Case
  • Self Reflection

Take your old hat off and look into the future. Work is changing and now more than ever business needs alliances in the community that go beyond self-interest. Are you that professional?

The Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice (CDERP) is dedicated to building the evidence base for disability employment practice through practice-informed research.

"Great work on this Manual. Practical. Well-referenced. User friendly. Very useful for practitioners and developers. Thank you. Looking forward to this getting wide attention internationally."

David Mank
Professor Emeritus University of Indiana. Senior Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. US Department of Labor.

"Very comprehensive and well presented"

Trevor Parmenter AM

Professor Emeritus University of Sydney

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