Re-imagining Recruitment – Pre-conference Workshop

Wednesday 10th August 2022 - 1pm to 5pm
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (also online via Zoom video conference)

This year, in addition to the two-day conference, we held a half-day pre-conference workshop, 'Reimagining Recruitment".

A system is only likely to be a success if the needs of all stakeholders are considered. In the recruitment of disabled people, there are always two key stakeholders. The disabled person, and the employer, in particular the recruiting manager/team.

The Re-imagining Recruitment Pre-conference Workshop was an opportunity to explore the needs of the disabled/neurodiverse person and employer throughout the recruitment process.

Attendees worked to understand the needs of all stakeholders and collaborate on designing solutions that can be implemented in their own organisations.

The workshop included -

  • Exploration of the needs of the disabled person throughout the recruitment process
  • Exploration of the needs of the recruiting manager/team throughout the recruitment of a disabled/neurodiverse candidate
  • Development of a shared definition of the problem, taking in to account the needs of all stakeholders
  • Ideate and prototype an updated recruitment process for the attendee's organisations - empowering the disabled/neurodiverse candidate to put their best self forward. The employer can benefit from placing them, making a stronger, more diverse organisation.

The workshop was not a lecture but an interactive experience where the attendees helped to establish a shared understanding of the problem, and work together to design meaningful changes to employment processes, allowing access to the talent pool of disabled and neurodiverse people in Aotearoa, to everyone's benefit.

Workshop Facilitators

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Phil Turner

Managing Director, NZDEN/Accessibility Tick

Through his work at Blind Low Vision NZ and then establishing and managing the NZDEN and Accessibility Tick, Phil has a strong understanding of the needs of all stakeholders in the recruitment process.

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Speaker, Author, Mentor and Facilitator

Callum McKirdy is a speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace dynamics and behaviour. Over a 22-year career in and around the HR profession, he assists leaders and teams to develop radically authentic workplaces by leveraging their uniqueness across Australasia.