The Open Doors Initiative has released a podcast series designed to help workers and businesses deal with the new realities of employment during the COVID 19 crisis.

The initiative has also published a COVID 19 toolkit aimed at helping people with information on working from home, upskilling, financial supports and wellbeing.

The Open Doors Initiative was established to help three marginalised groups in employment in Ireland – those with a disability, under 25s with educational disadvantage, and refugees and asylum seekers.

The podcasts are available on while the toolkit and many other resources are available on the Open Doors Initiative website.

The four part podcast series features different experts all addressing different aspects of work / business during the COVID 19 crisis.

David Joyce, Equality Officer from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions; Maureen Walsh, CEO of DeCare Dental; and Tiernan Brady, Global Director of Inclusion, Clifford Chance; are all featured in the series.

Among the topics they address are mental health supports, the need for inclusion and diversity in the workplace – now more than ever, and what the future of work and working practices may bring.

Alongside the podcasts the online toolkit offers best practice and work planning with links to resources and aids for people affected by this change.

Jeanne McDonagh, CEO of the Open Doors Initiative, said: “In recent weeks we have seen employment fall by over 17% in Ireland, mainly affecting those most in need such as employees on a low wage and marginalised people. There is a compelling need for social responsibility and leadership to be taken by the business community, where it can help.

“We have seen many businesses and their workers help where they can and Government, business and unions are working together to ensure that employment continues and the impact on the economy is temporary and recoverable. We are proud that so many businesses and organisations, including our members, are stepping up to help those who need it most.”

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