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Accessibility and Inclusivity in the Workplace

Accessibility in the workplace is the practice of making information, tasks and activities, and the work environment practical, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible. Inclusion is the behaviors within team culture that encourages everyone to feel heard and valued for their individual skills and uniqueness. Through this guide, we review inclusive practices and considerations to take when proactively addressing accessibility at the virtual and physical workplace. After reviewing the guide, this worksheet can be used to assess your own organization’s accessibility and inclusion policies and procedures and identify areas to improve.

Accessible and Inclusive Events

How can we be mindful of different needs while proactively providing a welcoming and inclusive experience for all at events? Accessibility and inclusion matter just as deeply in temporary spaces where we invite community to join together for dialogue or learning. Here are some considerations to provide a more inclusive and accessible experience to your audience as you go through the event planning process.

Bylaws – Resources & Templates

Every organization must create a set of Bylaws in order to incorporate. By defining the purpose and structure of the organization, bylaws set the basic operating agreements behind the work being done. Having bylaws that reflect the current realities and practices of the organization is foundational to a well-run organization. This resource contains templates and links that will help you examine or revise your bylaws when needed.

Candidate Ranking Worksheet

The task of selecting new people to join your organization is more complex and nuanced than most of us recognize. Get clarity on the skills and experience of your candidates during the hiring process by utilizing this worksheet to quantify and compare each candidate’s skills. This tool can also help mitigate bias in the process by comparing all candidates across the same categories objectively based on the information gained during the interview process.

Communication Checklist for ED Transition

This communications checklist will help your organization communicate effectively during an executive director transition.

Compensation Setting Policy | Sample

Given the recent scrutiny that has been placed on non-profit executives, it is important to have a clear compensation policy for top officials and key employees. The policy should outline who determines key officials compensation and the comparable data used to determine the compensation.

Conflict of Interest | Sample Policy & Disclosure Statement

Webster defines a Conflict of Interest as a “conflict between the private interests and the official responsibilities of a person in a position of trust.” It is imperative that every organization is aware of all of these conflicts and does its due diligence to manage them upfront. Clear policies and Annual Disclosure Statements are helpful tools for an organization to protect itself from any conflicts.

Core Elements of Management

Your people are your greatest asset, and creating supportive supervision and management relationships is necessary to retain this asset. Investing time cultivating these relationships for success can improve staff retention and development to strengthen an organization.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Sample

Your organization may decide to adopt a policy that mandates your employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Create a clear COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (including providing ways for employees to request accommodations) using this sample policy.

Creating a Culture of Feedback Through Management

Fostering a culture of feedback at your organization requires formal and informal systems that encourage and welcome feedback, as well as behaviors that set examples as leaders and managers.

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