AUSY Seeks Talent Regardless of Disability

6 July 2017
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This interview with Elisabeth Sidibe, Disability Mission Officer at AUSY, was published in the magazine Grands Ecoles et Universites. Article by Fanny Bijaoui.

ELISABETH SIDIBE, DISABILITY MISSION OFFICER AT AUSY, REMINDS US OF THE COMPANY’S COMMITMENT IN FAVOR OF ITS EMPLOYMENT POLICY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

In 2015, as part of its global corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach, AUSY, one of the main European leaders in Consulting and Engineering in Advanced Technologies, signed its first agreement regarding the professional integration of people of disabilities.

RAISE AWARENESS AMONG MANAGERS

Entered into force January 1, 2016, this agreement, signed by the Executive Board and all of the trade unions, has the main goal of raising internal awareness among recruitment staff (human resources and managers) and to facilitate the integration of collaborators with disabilities.

“Our agreement rests on multiple commitments, including the recruitment and the retention of employees with disabilities,” Elisabeth Sidibe said. “For this reason, we have ensured training of all recruitment officers, more than 50 in France. Throughout these half-days built around educational information and simulation exercises, we give them practical tools for positioning themselves as recruiters of diversity. In presenting them with varied profiles, they understand that the range of disabilities is large and is not limited to motor or visual impairments. There are disability situations you don’t suspect, and the majority are invisible.”

TEARING DOWN PREJUDICES LINKED TO DISABILITY

Beyond the pedagogical approach, AUSY intends to sustainably mobilise its employees regarding this theme.

“We wish to train our 120 recruiter-managers so that they can adapt their managerial position. We have also made several short films intended to raise awareness on disability in the workplace. Next, we will organise an event with the actors in order to present the films to all of our collaborators.”

A PERSONALISED WELCOME

Passionate about her mission, Sidibe reminds us that last year, AUSY recruited seven people with disabilities. “Every person with disabilities who is integrated into the company speaks with me: before their integration to make a meeting about their eventual needs, then in the middle and the end of the trial period.”

PLANNING OF POSITIONS

Determined to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities, AUSY will design the work environment themselves if necessary. Sidibe explains, “For example, we have implemented travel assistance for collaborators with motor difficulties. A taxi takes care of the transport between their home and their place of work. This financing is entirely handled by the Disability Mission budget. As a result of the characteristics of their disability, certain collaborators benefit from adjusting their work hours. Among the other examples of technical planning included implementing adapted software, specific keyboards or adjustable desks for people who must switch between seated and standing positions.”

WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIPS

Externally, AUSY participates regularly in recruitment forums and salons to go and meet qualified candidates. Furthermore, the company also invests in external awareness actions aimed at promoting the social and professional integration of people with disabilities. “We are partners of the 24 Hours of Innovation Challenge, organised by the EPF Engineering School, which allows students to think about innovative engineering solutions in order to improve the daily lives of those with disabilities. The next event will take place on June 22. I will be there as a coach in the section for company integration.”

Click here for the original interview in French with Elisabeth, written by Fanny Bijaoui, which was published in the magazine Grandes Ecoles et Universités.