Hire People with Disabilities. Create an Inclusive, Reliable Workforce!
People with disabilities often face several challenges in finding employment. While some companies have become more inclusive in their hiring practices, others still fall behind in their attempts to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. However, there are several reasons why employers should consider hiring people with disabilities. Not only do they make excellent employees, but they also have a positive impact on the company’s culture and public perception. In this blog post, we will discuss the numerous benefits of hiring people with disabilities and how employers can create a more inclusive work environment.
High Dedication and Turnover Rates
People with disabilities have a reputation of being extremely dedicated employees. They often work harder and have a lower turnover rate than their non-disabled colleagues. Many persons with disabilties take pride in their work and are thankful to have a job, which tends to result in a lower absenteeism rate. Hiring workers with disabilities can result in a reliable, trained labour supply, ensuring that positions are filled and productivity is increased.
Inclusive Work Environment
Hiring people with disabilities conveys that the company is inclusive and values diversity. An inclusive work environment sets the stage for creating empathy among colleagues, as it fosters an appreciation for different skills, personalities, and backgrounds. This culture of acceptance can also help reduce workplace bullying and discrimination, while also boosting morale across the organization.
Proven Business Case
There is a compelling business case for hiring people with disabilities. No longer just a socially responsible decision, companies are increasingly recognizing the need for diversity and inclusion. Studies have shown that diverse teams make better decisions, with improved creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. Hiring from a more diverse candidate pool has the potential to increase productivity and boost company profits.
Challenges Finding Employment
People with disabilities often face numerous obstacles when seeking employment. They may be discriminated against, not be given opportunities to interview or be physically unable to complete some application requirements. Employers can help reduce these barriers by increasing their understanding of disability issues, providing training and reasonable accommodations. By doing this, employers can establish a more level field when it comes to the recruitment and hiring process.
Disability Awareness and Etiquette
Efforts must be made to educate employers on disability awareness and etiquette, which can create more “disability confident” environments. By doing so, employers can empower their employees, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and comply with legal obligations. Correcting ongoing misunderstandings of disability issues can help decrease the stigma that often accompanies disability.
There are several persuasive reasons why employers should consider hiring people with disabilities. Low turnover rates, increased productivity, a reputation of inclusivity, and compliance with diversity and inclusion. There are numerous benefits that can be gained from hiring workers with disabilities, but success is attainable when there’s a risk-free culture, an understanding of disability issues, and by believing in diversity and equal treatment of all job seekers. By creating inclusive hiring practices and offering reasonable accommodations, companies can eliminate potential barriers, setting the stage for creating an enjoyable, thriving work environment.
Job Skills’ Right Fit for You program is a seven-week program targeted to support GTA, including; York Region and Peel Region youth with disabilities and/or complex barriers in overcoming barriers to employment and is available at no cost to eligible youth. For more information, visit https://www.jobskills.org/right-fit-for-you/
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For 35 plus years, Job Skills has been delivering solutions to job seekers and moving people into sustainable, meaningful employment. Throughout their long history, Job Skills has recognized that not every job seeker is the same. There is no one size fits all employment program. That’s why the Job Skills vision is building an inclusive society where all people are ensured equitable opportunities to fulfill their career aspirations and participate fully in the community.
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