Posted On: January 31, 2019
More than 100 of our region’s top HR practitioners packed the ballroom of the Renaissance Airport Hotel for the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Society of Human Resource Management of Greater St. Louis. One of the largest and most active chapters in the country, SHRM invited SDI to be the featured presenter at this, their largest meeting of the year.
SDI presented “Up Your Disability IQ in 2019.” Our Lead Consultant David Newburger, and Adult Career Services Coordinator Jason Hartfield, presented 4 real-world scenarios in each phase of employment that would spur rigorous discussion and test the bounds of knowledge. Each table of professionals discussed a scenario for recruiting and hiring, accommodating, disciplining and terminating.
“As always, Starkloff put on a terrific training for SHRM’s members,” said Andrew Metcalf, of Ogletree Deakins, an employment law firm, and board member of SHRM of Greater St. Louis. “Their team came up with real-world fact patterns for us to discuss, directly confronting some of the challenges managers face in the process of making the workforce accessible. In the end, we left educated about practical approaches to accommodations and new ways to engage with employees through the interactive process.”
Robust discussion ensued after each scenario was presented. Audience members were then encouraged to share conclusions drawn at their tables. Newburger and Hartsfield asked additional probing questions, and lent expert advice in each scenario.
“While these case studies were among some of the tougher ones, hiring people with disabilities is not difficult,” says Newburger. “Our role is to facilitate, advise and make employers feel more comfortable in all scenarios.”