What makes a good employer
In February I went to a joint meeting on employment for young people with disability.
The Australian Public Service Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission ran this.
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett was there.
I said hello to Ben and spoke with him.
I told him my ideas about what makes a good workplace.
This is what I like in a workplace.
I really like a welcoming workplace.
It makes me feel confident when a workplace is friendly, respectful, and polite and says thank you when I do a good job.
It makes me feel like a valued member of the team.
I like it when staff ask me if I need help or not. They should not assume that I know everything.
It is important to encourage me and to check in on me to see if I am doing ok and not making mistakes.
It is good to have this support to make sure I do my job well.
It gives me confidence.
I like it when someone models a task so I can get the job done.
Watching someone do the job first helps me know how to do it well.
I like extra time to get a task done after someone explains it to me.
I feel good when I know how to do the task.
Once I learn how to do this I improve in my work.
I am then ready to learn more.
This can then build my skills and confidence.
I like it when a workplace gives me information about work, health and safety so I can understand how to be safe at work.
By Laura Naing
Laura’s top tips for a good workplace
- Spend time to get to know me
- Listen to me when I talk
- Communicate clearly and respectfully
- Give me time to respond when you ask me a question
- Create a schedule of daily tasks to be completed
- Check back to see if there is anything I need help with