Celebrating diverse abilities in our workforce
JULY 15, 2020 • BLOG POST • ALAN MAY, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER
IN THIS ARTICLE
- HPE has received a 100% score on the Disability:IN Disability Equality Index (DEI) for the fourth year in a row
- The DEI is the gold standard for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce worldwide
- Alan May, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, talks about HPE Able, our program to promote inclusion of team members with diverse abilities
HPE achieves 100% score on the Disability Equality Index
For the 4th year in a row, HPE has received a 100% score on the Disability:IN Disability Equality Index - the gold standard for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce worldwide.
We want all of our team members to feel that HPE is a company where they can build long-term careers, and that requires us to support those with all needs. Innovation thrives best in an environment where people are diverse. The broader the set of skills and perspectives we can draw on, the greater the chance of elevating our relevancy and achieving breakthroughs—like developing new products and services, exploring new markets, or finding new ways to help existing ones. Our customers are diverse, and our teams should be, too.
One way we’re focusing on the workplace experience for people with disabilities is by launching the HPE Able program last year- a worldwide approach to ensuring that coming to work at HPE isn’t harder because of a disability. The goals of HPE Able are to educate and raise awareness, simplify and improve processes, and develop capabilities that will positively impact our team members, customers, and communities.
HPE Able is working towards these goals by taking an end to end view of the team member experience. The program provides centralized resources for people with disabilities to request the accommodations they need for their individual working arrangements as well as more responsive HR and IT support.
Additionally, the program is actively evaluating and optimizing our benefits offerings, site accessibility, and vendor contracts to ensure HPE is doing everything it can to include the talents and innovation of people with disabilities at our company. Our Disabilities Network, an employee resource group for people with disabilities, ensures that these team members are part of this conversation.
HPE Able also offers training materials and resources to encourage allyship and inclusion among all team members and people leaders. We must encourage everyone to celebrate and support those people with disabilities who bring their best to work each day.
Our score on the Disability Equality Index is an honor, however, our work is not done. Continuous evaluation and improvement, powered by HPE Able is crucial to delivering on our commitment to diversity and advancing the way we live and work.