Allianz Malaysia fosters inclusivity through hiring of Persons with Disabilities
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In six months, Allianz Malaysia has gone from employing one to 23 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The Company began its recruitment of PWDs (those who are blind, deaf and mute, autistic and wheelchair users) in January this year and currently have employed PWDs in various sectors including customer service, human resources, underwriting and corporate communications.
“In Allianz Malaysia, we want to provide each employee with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We foster diversity and inclusiveness by creating an environment when each individual, their strengths and unique qualities are accepted and embraced regardless of their race, religion, gender and differences,” said Wong Woon Man, Head of Human Resources.
Allianz Malaysia set about hiring PWDs following the Innovation Incubator Workshop in late 2014. As of June 2016, the Company currently employs a workforce of 1,986 employees and hopes to increase the number of PWDs in the Company’s workforce by 2017.
The company is has also taken measures in being PWD-ready. Employees who are blind have access to fully functional NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) system and can make use of the voice operated and Braille labelled elevators, making their transition a little easier.
“Job matching, supervision, training, support, mobility and the appropriate facilities were the crucial aspects that we looked into in hiring persons with disabilities. It has not been easy, but it is a work in progress and an initiative that we will see through. It is important to us that they are able to experience a positive working environment that would truly impact their lives positively and also the people they interact with,” added Woon Man.
The Allianz Malaysia employment days allowed PWDs to attend interviews with department heads and learn more about job scopes that interest them and are available within the company. Each PWD is offered a twelve-month employment contract, with an option for renewal depending on the individual’s performance.
In Malaysia, the Ministry of Human Resources’ Employment and Labour Statistics for March 2016 shows 3,490 PWDs are currently employed in the public sector. 1 In Germany, Allianz has a workforce of 40,600 employees, 3.5 percent of them are PWDs. And in following those footsteps, Allianz Malaysia’s will continue to present more job opportunities to PWDs.