“More Than Dis”: why don’t you put yourself on the line?

In this space, we often talk about work and how tricky it still is, despite legal obligations, for people with a disability or included in the “protected categories“, insert in the fabric of society and succeed also under a professional perspective (with all the social, psychological and economical consequences). Then, why don’t you try to take the leap and start your own business? This is the starting point of “More Than Dis“, the contest promoted by Fondazione Italiana Accenture, founded, as its website claims, to “transfer technologies, skills and expertise from the profit environment to the non-profit, to enable the development of abilitating conceptual and digital platforms in the scenario of digital social innovation and sustainable economical development”. For this initiative, it partners with Jobmetoo, a job board exclusively dedicated to job opportunities addressed to “protected categories” workers, and with the startup incubator specialized in highly socially valuable enterprises Make a Cube. Auticon, an IT consulting business that exclusively hires people with autism spectrum disorders,  and FISH (Italian Federation for Handicap Overtaking) also cooperate in this contest.

More Than Dis

THE LAUNCH EVENT OF more than dis

All the details about how to participate in More Than Dis and the contest regulation will be communicated during its launch event that will take place in Milan, in the Community Room of Fondazione Accenture in Maurizio Quadrio street, near Garibaldi metro station, on Tuesday June 4th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The registration to the event is free of charge and can be done through this link.  It will also give the opportunity to discuss and compare different perspectives about how to promote diversity and self-entrepreneursphip opportunities for people with a disability.

It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Why don’t you take this chance and try to put yourself personally on the line, instead of keeping on waiting for others to pick you or give you an opportunity? It’s not easy, indeed. But, supported by experts who are also aware of the peculiarity associated to a condition of disability, it’s worth trying!

Stay tuned for more details about More Than Dis!

Inclusive Job Day 2019: Milan stage

Companies are increasingly aware of the advantages deriving from the adoption of inclusive policies paying attention to  diversity, in all of its declinations. An example of this trend is the increasing number of events and career days for the so-called “protected categories” and “disadvantaged” workers. For instance, the Inclusive Job Day 2019, which returns in Milan, at the Acquario Civico, on Monday May 13th , from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The event, organized by Inclusive Mindset partnering with Comune di Milano, offers to people who are part of the “protected categories” (due to disability or other reasons) and to the foreigners the opportunity to meet prestigious businesses, even having job interviews. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to attend career guidance sessions and to talk with the attending companies representatives about job opportunities and skills need to succeed in those roles.

Inclusive Job Day

The last edition of Inclusive Job Day in Milan – Picture ©Inclusive Mindset

Many prestigious companies participated in the previous editions of Inclusive Job Day, mostly meeting graduated workers, with skills ranging from finance to marketing, from logistics to information technology, etc.

how to sign up for the inclusive job day 2019?

As for the previous editions,  to take part in the Inclusive Job Day 2019 you must sign up (or if you already did it), login to the APP Inclusive Mindset, fill in the form and upload your CV, then clic on “Eventi” and then select the Inclusive Job Day button. Participation is, obviously, free of charge.

Furthermore, in the same day, after the Inclusive Job Day, you’ll have the chance to attend the free workshop about Personal Branding on Linkedin. Even in this case, to sign up, you must login to the app and follow the above procedure.

You’d like to participate, but Milan isn’t that comfortable for you? Good news: in autumn, the Inclusive Job Day 2019 will have two additional stages in Rome and Turin.

What are you waiting for? Update your resume and don’t miss this opportunity! Good luck! 🙂

 

Personal branding and job search: a workshop in Milan

I’m quite sure you’ve heard about “personal branding” and how important it is, mostly nowadays, in the “social media era”, also for those who are looking for a job. In fact, in a time when the demand for a job is higher than the offer,  creating and curating your own personal “brand” is crucial to stand out in the crowd: what distinguishes me from the other hundreds (or thousands) of people with the same skills and experience as mine?

personal brandingDesigned by Waewkidja / Freepik

“Personal branding” is important for people with a disability  willing to position themselves in the job market, whether they’re looking for their first  job or wish to find a new one. In order to help them succeed, Inclusive Mindset and LinkedIn (the well-known  “business social network” I suggest you to sign up to, shouldn’t you have done it already) have organized a workshop where, supported by the most important experts in this field, the attendees will get to know the basics of personal branding, plus tricks to leverage social media in their job search.

 

workshop about personal branding: where and when?

Save the date! The workshop about personal branding is scheduled on Friday, February 15th at 5:00 PM in Milan, at LinkedIn Italy offices, in one of the skyscrapers in Porta Garibaldi. After the workshop, a cocktail will give the attendees a valuable opportunity for netwoking and exchaning useful information.

LinkedIn offices in Milan

LinkedIn offices in Milan

how to attend the workshop?

In order to ensure the best experience, only a limited number of people will have the chance to attend the workshop (for free), upon registration. Are you interested in participating? Go to Inclusive Mindset’s website and fill in the registration form, also specifying if you need support (for instance, a LIS interpreter or a helper, should you have reduced mobility). What are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for your first job or, maybe, you’re willing to find a new one, more suitable for you, don’t miss this opportunity!

Treatments leave: how does it work and who’s eligible for it?

For those who live with a severe or chronic disability, it can be tricky to conciliate work tasks and the need to undergo treatments, therapies and so on. We already talked about the permits foreseen by the 104/92 law, that is three days a month (that can also be used in hours) that can be requested by the employee with a severe disability or who takes care of a relative with a severe disability. But there’s also another option, that can be certainly useful when, for instance, you need to undergo ongoing cycles of physiotherapy: the treatments leave, regulated by the art. 7 of the 119 legislative decree, July 18th 2011.

congedo per cure - fisioterapia

who is eligible for the treatments leave?

The treatments leave can be requested by amputee or legally disabled employees whose working capability is reduced by over 50%. The leave gives right to 30 days per year, that can be used also not consecutively (but not on a hourly basis), to undergo, for instance, cycles of physiotherapy, respiratory or oncological treatments. The treatments leave is paid as foreseen by the specific national category contracts for sick leaves and isn’t counted in the time of respite, being considered apart from it.

how to request the treatments leave?

In order to benefit from the treatments leave, the employee must request it in writing to his employer, including the documents certifying his disability degree (and, thus, his working capability reduction) is higher than 50% and the request written by his general practitioner or by a specialist working at a public health establishment, certifying he needs that specific treatment due to his specific disability. Moreover, at the end of the treatments, the employee must also present the documents released by the specialist or the health establishment where he undergone them, to certify he has actually benefited from them.

In any case, if you’re interested in requesting a treatments leave, I suggest you to carefully check what your specific national contract says about it and, if needed, to ask a welfare agency for consultancy.

 

“Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità”

Are you interested in topics such as inclusion and, generally speaking, the rights of people with a disability? Would you like to turn this passion into your job or your professional specialty? If you answered “yes” to this questions, maybe you are interested in the “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità“(“Rights and inclusion of people with a disability“) specialization course organized also in 2019 by the University of Milan (Department of public Italian and supranational rights) with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and LEDHA, the association that, since 40 years, supports the rights of people with a disability.

"Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità"

The “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità” specialization course is addressed to lawyers, judges, public health professionals, public administration operators who work in social services,  associations, foundations and NGO operators, staffing company workers, as well as all the professionals who, for any reason, work in sectors linked to disability, plus all the graduated people who are interested in specialize in it.

Inclusion and rights of people with a disability are increasingly popular topic, luckily.  But, as it often occurs, a very complex and articulate legislation doesn’t make it easy to apply what laws foresee. As a consequence, the most important goal of the “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità” specialization course is to help whoever  wants to work in this sector to have an as much thorough as possible picture of this topic and of the laws that regulate it. So, it will go from the analysis of the social-cultural perception of disability to the various types of disabilities, to understand the main issues linked to each of them, to pass to examine in depth the laws against discrimination and the legal principles that regulate this area. The other five modules will be devoted to analyze the issues people with a disability face in various contexts: society, family, school, work, hospital, jail. Always adopting a multidisciplinary approach, that will enable to acquire not only technical-legal, but also medical, social-educational and psychological know-how.

The course, that will last 50 hours, will take place from February 1st to May 17th 2019, with the possibility to attend part of the classes in e-learning mode. The entrance fee is € 416,00 and the applications for admission must be submitted by 2:00 PM of January 10th 2019, as specified on the announcement  available on the website of the Milanese university.

Would you like to learn more? Have a look at the flier!

Recruiting Day Verona 2018: a concrete opportunity

We’ve had already many chances to talk about the Diversity Day, the event that facilitates the direct and personal meeting among businesses and people with various disabilities who look for a job opportunity. Following the success of Rome and Milan, this year the Diversity Day adds a new destination to its “tour”: Verona. The city of Juliet, on November 7th, will host the Recruiting Day, a day of meetings and scheduled job interviews among prestigious businesses and people with a disability willing to be known beyond the same old resume.

Recruiting Day

The Diversity Day in Milan

recruiting day: where and when?

The Recruiting Day will take place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in the wonderful Gran Guardia Palace, in the very heart of the city.  In addition to having individual job interviews with the businesses that will participate in the event (including, just to mention a few of them: Accenture, ENI, Tigotà, Decathlon, GSK, Marriott, LIDL, Umana, Unicredit), who will participate in the Recruiting Day will also have the chance to have access to industry expert advice to review their resume and prepare themselves to the meeting with their potential employers. Moreover, as it happened during the other editions of the event, also in Verona deaf people who will request it will have two LIS interpreters at their disposal. How to request this support? It’s easy: just send and e-mail to info@diversityday.it.

logo Diversity Day

 

how to register to the recruiting day?

To register to the Recruiting Day in Verona, from the official website  of the event, you can reach the online platform allowing to complete the registration process in a few steps, with the chance, for those who like it, to access also using their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles, so that some of the  required fields will be automatically filled in. My advice? If you have a well-curated and updated  LinkedIn profile (shouldn’t you have it, I suggest you to create one now, most of all if you’re looking for a job!), use that one: “social recruiting” is increasingly used by businesses!

Ready? Update your resume and LinkedIn profile, register to the event and… Good luck!

Inclusive Job Day: an opportunity for talents

Are you part of the so-called “protected categories” and are looking for a job? Save this date on your agendas: the Inclusive Job Day, which will take place in Milan, at the Acquario Civico, on March 19th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, organized by Inclusive Mindset partnering with Comune di Milano, offers to people who are part of the “protected categories” (due to disability or other reasons) and to the foreigners the opportunity to meet prestigious businesses, even having job interviews.

Inclusive Job Day

The companies which have already confirmed their participation in Milan Inclusive Job Day include: Apple, Alten, Ferrovie dello Stato, Mapei, Costa Crociere, Pirelli and Percassi. The event is addressed both to people who have a diploma or a degree and/or a master’s degree, since the profiles the companies are willing to meet range from the most suitable for operational or administrative positions to those with a higher seniority, with managerial skills.

how to participate in the inclusive job day?

To participate in the Inclusive Job Day, you need to register for free on Inclusive Mindset website, create your profile filling all the required info (the same you’d be required by a job board) and confirm. Then, to sign up for the Inclusive Job Day, logout from the platform and login again and, selecting the “Eventi” folder, click on “Iscriviti” on the same line as the Inclusive Job Day.

Inclusive Job Day

As you can see on the above picture, to get prepared for the event, you can also particapate in a training session (always signing up online), on March 15th  at Fondazione Adecco per le Pari Opportunità: during this session, experts from Adecco will guide the candidates with tips on how to properly prepare to the Job Day.

It’s an important opportunity, at a time when, as some conventions I had the chance to attend in these weeks confirm, it seems that businesses are paying more attention to topics such as inclusion  and empowerment of diversity, in all its meanings: gender, ethnic group, religion, sexual preference, age, origin. Furthermore, a study by Boston Consulting confirms that businesses which are more willing to embrace diversity are also the most innovative ones.

Inclusive job Day - Boston Consulting

Then, update your resume and sign up now! See you there!

Disabled workers: hiring them is worthwhile

Work is essential to the effective inclusion and self-affirmation of people with disability, as it is for everybody else. Unfortunately, data about their employment are far from being reassuring: in Italy, despite many measures approved since decades to encourage the inclusion of disabled workers, 80% of people with a disability is unemployed. They aren’t “unable”, but people that, despite limitations descending from their specific disability, would have the ability and skills to be active also under a work perspective, if they’d have been given the opportunity.

There are many laws to facilitate the inclusion of disabled people in the world of work, together with incentives and facilitations for businesses that hire them. The 68/99 law, that established the so-called “disability hiring quotas” has proven to be, in many ways, inadequate to the current world of work. For that reason, through the Jobs Act, an important change has been introduced, through the legislative decree no. 151 of September 14th 2015, entered into force starting from January 1st 2018*.   

1. OBligation to hire disabled workers

  • Less than 15 employees: no obligation
  • From 15 to 35 employees: at least 1 disabled worker
  • From 36 to 50 employees: at least 2 workers with disability
  • More than 150 employees: at least 7% of disabled employees, more 1% of relatives of invalid people or repatriated refugees. 

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2.  BONUS to hire disabled workers (since 2016)

Since 2016, businesses that hire workers with reduced working capacity receive a bonus, whose value depends on the percentage of disability of the hired worker:

  • for working capacity reduction from 67% to 79%, the employer receives a hiring bonus equal to 35% of the monthly gross salary for 36 months;
  • for reductions above 79%, the employer receives a bonus equal to 70% of the monthly gross salary for a maximum of 36 months, for each worker hired with a permanent contract;
  • for workers with intellectual and psychical disability implicating a working capacity reduction above 45%, in case of hiring with a permanent contract or with a temporary contract whose length is at least 12 months, a bonus equal to 70% of the monthly gross salary for a maximum of 60 months.

Requests for the incentive must be addressed to INPS, filling the appropriate form available on its website, in the businesses area.

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3. sanctions for non-compliance with the obligation

Sanctions against employers not complying with the obligation to hire workers with disability have been worsened. In detail, they pass from 62,77€ for each working day of non-compliance (beyond 60 days from the insurgence of the obligation) to 153,20€ for each day without covering the obligatory quota and for each disabled worker not hired.

But, besides tax benefits and sanctions, businesses would have to realize that hiring a worker with disability shouldn’t be just an “act of charity” or a law obligation: a worker with disability assigned to tasks fitting with his own condition is not a weight, but an additional and valuable resource for the company. If only they’d give us the chance to demonstrate our ability and skills, without stopping to our disability percentage or being influenced by prejudice…

*Due to the Milleproroghe Decree

Diversity Day: businesses meet workers

We are all aware that, despite laws and measures aiming to facilitate the inclusion of disabled people in the world of work, for the so-called “protected categories”, it can be very hard to be attractive to businesses, apart from tax facilitations. So, I’m very pleased to talk about an event whose declared goal is to help disabled people and the “protected categories” access the work market through a direct contact with hiring managers: the Diversity Day, a career day exclusively addressed to these professional profiles.

Diversity Day 2017

diversity day: the event

The event takes place, on a yearly basis, in Rome and Milan, to cover the full Italian territory. The Milan phase, this year, will take place on Tuesday, June 5th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Bocconi University, in the building in via Guglielmo Röntgen 1. During the day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the businesses representatives, but also qualified recruiters, who can provide you with tips on how to build up an effective cv or get ready for a job interview. Furthermore, deaf people will have the chance to be supported by a LIS interpreter (to reserve this service, please send an e-mail request to info@diversityday.it).

Participation in the Diversity Day is free, upon registration (you can do it here). Those who will attend the event- always supported by Jobmetoo– will have the opportunity to meet representative of many top companies, operating in various industries: from Accenture to A2A, from Bayer to Capgemini, from Generali to Intesa San Paolo, just to mention some examples (you can find the complete list on the event website).

DIVERSITY DAY: the project

But the Diversity Day doesn’t end with the career days. The project goal is pursued all the year long, through a series of integrated services, ranging from the issue of job opportunities addressed to disabled people and protected categories to tutorship, from support for bureaucratic compliance and tax facilitations to financed training.

Diversity Day project

An important initiative, then. We hope it can grow, involving more and more companies and efficiently supporting the work inclusion of disabled people, not only in “low” positions, but also in roles requiring bigger responsibility. Because disability doesn’t necessarily mean inability and access to qualified and qualifying jobs is essential, as we’ve often stated, for the effective social inclusion of people with disability.

So, update your CVs, register to the Diversity Day and good luck!

Disability and career: an impossible pair?

As a woman and a worker with a visible disability, I often find myself in front of more or less evident “walls”, when it comes to access not just a job (that is, itself, very important, as we’ve underlined many times here, for the disabled people dignity and autonomy), but also career opportunities, just like everyone else, thanks to my background of experiences and skills. But, most of the times, I had to verify (not without some disappointment) that, when it comes to disability and career opportunities, it’s still a long way, mostly under a cultural perspective.

Gradually, also under the “push” of monetary sanctions, businesses are starting to accept the idea to include people with disability in their workforce. But let’s be honest: looking at the job opportunities issued on the specialized job boards, how many of those specifically addressed to “protected categories” refer to highly qualified and specialized profiles? Nevertheless, many disabled people have high levels of education, a relevant professional background and advanced skills. Then, why, not just in Italy, is it that hard to go beyond the prejudice that, at the most, a “protected category” (most of all if he has an evident physical disability) can carry out basic, low level tasks that, preferably, don’t require a direct contact with top customers? Why do disability and career seem to be still incompatible?

Many disabled workers, even though they have a job, suffer (more or less subtle) forms of discrimination every day, when not real blackmails. Many of them, in these months, have sent private messages to Move@bility to share their problems in (not to mention those who are now demoralized, after years pointlessly looking for a job fitting with their skills and experience). I’ve personally experienced as well, during my professional path, how it feels to be rejected from career opportunities because those were considered (a priori) “incompatible with my disability”. Cannot a disabled person be a credible leader?

It makes me think the fact that, too often, also associations that, in theory, defend the disabled people rights, when you point them out such cases of discrimination, reply, even somewhat annoyed: “Don’t make a fuss” and “You’d rather think about who’s still looking for a job!”. It’s true: the overwhelming majority of disable people, today, is totally left out the world of work. But is this a good reason to, even indirectly, support the opinion that disability and career are, as a matter of fact, seen as incompatible?

Only when we, for first, will start to overcome this “welfare-oriented” view and to demand, for everyone, the real equality of rights (and duties) and of chances to access job (and career) opportunities compatible with the experience, the skills and, of course, the condition of each individual, we can talk about real progress and inclusion.