It’s a goal to create a workplace environment where employees can feel comfortable disclosing if they have disabilities, according to Nikki Alphonse, director of diversity, equity, inclusion, accommodations, and accessibility, Northrop Grumman Corporation.
WorkingNation sat down with Alphonse at 2022 Disability:IN Conference in Dallas.
“We leverage our employee resource groups to communicate that message and share some of those personal testimonials so that it touches the hearts and minds of employees – and they know it’s a safe place to disclose,” explains Alphonse.
She continues, “People are at the heart of what we do. They are bringing their unique characteristics, their innovative thoughts and ideas to the table. That drives productivity. It drives profitability. They create the products that we deliver to our government customers.”
Alphonse says, “Disability inclusion is very personal to me. I feel very passionate about it. This is an area that I love to work in.” Alphonse has family members with disabilities and notes that she has some non-obvious disabilities, including a thyroid condition.