GETTING WOMEN BACK TO WORK VITAL TO CANADA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Outcomes matter. This is especially true of individuals in search of gainful employment. Everyone – regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or disability – deserves a fair opportunity equal to their capabilities.
For 27 years, Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care (PPRC) has supported this ideal on behalf of people with disabilities, under the leadership of our founder, Linda Simpson. We provide return-to-work services for jobseekers, to prepare them to find a job and enjoy a career.
This has always been an all-hands-on-deck effort. We work just as closely with employers and other community partners as we do with our clients. It takes this kind of collaborative approach to overcome the barriers and misconceptions in the workplace that can prevent people with disabilities from finding, and keeping, gainful employment.
With the pandemic, this need for cooperation, collaboration and goodwill has only deepened. Women in particular have borne the brunt of having to sacrifice work, income and career progression to care for and school their children at home.
March 8 was International Women’s Day, but we should be mindful every day of how much the pandemic has impacted this half of our labour force and the consequences this will have for our communities and our economy in the years to come.
At PPRC, we are proud of the role we continue to play in support of our female clientele (see infographic). But we are just one part of a much larger puzzle when it comes to ensuring fair access and workforce participation for all.
As we all look at what comes after the pandemic, public and private sector employers, government policy makers and other concerned stakeholders must continue to work together in a constructive way to drive inclusion and accessibility.
Recognizing, appreciating and levering the contribution that each and every individual can make as part of Canada’s labour force is vital to the health of our communities and the recovery of our economy.
At PPRC, we will continue to do our part. If your organization needs assistance with inclusion and accessibility, we are here to help.
Outcomes Matter from the Employment Readiness Scale (ERS) Model
Employment Readiness is defined as being able with little or no outside help to acquire and keep a job as well as being able to manage transitions to new jobs.
Outcome Expectancy: willing to take responsibility for success
On-going Career Management: manage work life changes
Social Supports: have a strong network