Disability

Everyone is Welcome at Tesco is the way we describe equality, diversity and inclusion at Tesco. It means that whoever you are, wherever you work and whatever you do, we want you to be yourself at work and able to fulfil your potential.

As unique individuals, each of us needs different support to achieve that. If you have a disability sometimes this can be harder and our inclusive approach is designed to identify where barriers exist and work to remove them.

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Tesco is a ‘Positive About Disabled People’ Employer

The ‘two ticks’ symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.  We are proud to be a holding of this award which means we have committed to:

  • interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
  • discuss with disabled colleagues, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled colleagues can develop and use their abilities.
  • To make every effort when colleagues become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
  • To take action to ensure that all colleagues develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
  • To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let colleagues and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus or click on the Two Ticks symbol above.

Our new disABILITY Colleague Network

In response to colleague feedback a new network for colleagues with disabilities is currently being established.  The purpose will be to help inspire and enable all colleagues with disabilities in their lives.  If you’re interested in getting involved, or you’d like to share your story, contact the disABILITY network Steering Group confidentially by email: disability@uk.tesco.com.

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have a disability, we’ll make any reasonable adjustments that are required to enable you to do your job.  This may be equipment to help you to see or hear, or perhaps a special chair or a ramp to make access to the checkouts easier.  To ensure you get the right piece of equipment for you, advice is available from Access to Work – click here for more details.

If you are a Tesco colleague, you have to contact Access to Work but please speak to your Personnel Manager or Occupational Health Advisor if you need help and support. They’ll recommend the changes you need to enable you to do your job, give their advice to your Personnel Manager who’ll take it from there. It can take (in most cases) a couple of months to get the equipment you need but we’ll get it to you as quickly as we can.

Mental Health

It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 of us will be touched by mental illness – either personally or in a close friend or family member – during our working lives. For those who are suffering, it can be difficult to share their problems with others, and this can make the suffer feel isolated, make the condition worse and lead to problems at work, at home and in their relationships.

If you have personal experience of, for example, stress, anxiety or depression, you’ll know how difficult it is to begin to feel better. For those who haven’t had previous experience personally or among those they know, a mental health condition can be very frightening indeed.

Where can you get help?

For many people, it leads to a feeling that ‘I can’t cope’ both at work and in other parts of life too. We want you to be able to take the right decision for you and to feel supported during your illness. And the good news is that help is available via Access to Work and Remploy. Anyone wishing to use the Workplace Mental Health Support Service can do so privately and their advice is confidential. But don’t forget that your Line Manager, Personnel Manager and Occupational Health Advisor will be happy to help too.

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