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4 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Disability-Inclusion Practices
By Ted Kennedy Jr, Chad Jerdee, Laurie Henneborn
Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal told the story of Nathan Mort, an employee of Gordon Food Service who tracks warranty claims and has a high-functioning form of autism. The article noted that the number of people with disabilities entering the workforce is rising — good news for the economy, for people with disabilities, and for employers.
Despite articles on the advantages that people with disabilities can offer employers, too many companies hold themselves back when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. They see hiring (some) persons with disabilities as being “the right thing to do” but do not see it as part of a talent strategy that will benefit the company and outweigh what they see as the potential expenses and risk. In fact, a recent study by the National Organization on Disability indicates that only 13% of companies in the U.S. have reached the Department of Labor’s target of having 7% disability representation in their workforce.
That mindset puts companies at a disadvantage when it comes to acquiring and leveraging the talent they need in today’s tight job market.
Hiring people with disabilities need not cost any more than hiring someone without a disability. Accommodations for the majority of people with disabilities cost nothing. And when there is a cost involved with providing technology or other tools, it’s usually less than $500 and there are tax incentives available to help.
Moreover, recent economic modeling (part of an award-winningresearch study conducted by Accenture, the American Association of People with Disabilities, and Disability:IN) found a strong correlation between financial performance and well-developed disability-inclusion practices.
How can a company update its thinking and strategies related to this neglected category of talent? We see four ways to make it happen:
Benefits of Hiring People
with Disabilities Hiring managers like predictable results, here are some predictable benefits to expect in today’s market when hiring a qualified candidate with a disability. Benefits of hiring include:
Increased hiring pool.
Positively impacts the retention of existing employees.
ROI – Tax and other financial incentives including productivity benefits.
Reduce cost of employee benefits available.
Response to an aging workforce.
Increased work ethic/dedication.
Enhanced staff morale.
A new look at creativity and problem-solving.
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