Finding the right staff is becoming more difficult for organisations. There are issues with retention and sometimes you just can’t find the right fit. But what if we said you and your business are not considering a large proportion of your potential workforce. More and more people with disability are wanting to join the workforce but all they need is the opportunity. Unfortunately people with disability have twice the unemployment rate (9.4%) of those who do not have a disability (4.9%). This figure doubles for people with an intellectual disability with unemployment rate of over 20% .
So why should your business consider employing a person with disability? Let’s have a look at a few reasons why you should open your door to a new talent pool.
1) People with disability will stay longer
Did you know people with disability are more likely to stay longer with an organisation than those without a disability? This is especially true amongst our own cohort of participants, with an average of 3 years tenure. Some participants have achieved impressive milestones in their working lives. Recently one of our participants achieved her 20 year work anniversary. This amazing milestone is not uncommon in our service.
2) Your customers will come back
Inclusive businesses are more likeable. In a 2014 study it was revealed that nearly 50% of organisations that employ a person with disability saw an increased level of customer satisfaction and loyalty . This means more customers will come back because of your inclusive employing practices and in a growing competitive world, any point of difference for your business is good.
3) You can rely on people with disability
I’m sure your business wants staff that will show up on time, all the time. People with disability are reliable and can be counted on. In a recent study it was found that people with disability are less likely to take sick leave. In fact the costs to your business of absenteeism and sick leave for employees with disability can be as low as 34% of the cost incurred by their colleagues .
4) People with disability are safe at work
Contrary to what most people think, people with disability have fewer compensation injuries and accidents at work than their colleagues . Your organisation will gain access to a safe and stable workforce, meaning more financial savings.
5) Your staff will be happier
Do you aim to be an employer of choice? Employing a person with disability adds to your diversity. Did you know that organisations with an inclusive workforce have a greater brand image amongst their own staff, customers and even with their competitors?  An inclusive workforce boosts staff morale and positively affects teamwork.
Want to build a more inclusive workforce?
We can help you build an inclusive workforce. As an added support, your organisation may be eligible for wage subsidies to assist in the transition of your new employee. Contact us today if you’re interested in finding out more about our service or employing someone with disability.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016, 4430.0 -Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015, viewed 28 February 2018.
- Institute of Corporate Productivity (ic4P) 2017, Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Australian Safety & Compensation Council 2007, Are People with disability at Risk at work?
- Department of Social Services 2017, Employer’s guide to employing a person with a disability