Eight reasons to employ people with disability
It makes good business sense to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. Here’s some reasons why you should consider including people with disability.
- Independent studies show that people with disability generally have a very positive work attitude and work ethos.
- Hiring an employee with disability can lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, increased morale, a more positive organisational culture and reduced workers’ compensation.
- The costs of recruiting can be reduced as generally there is lower turnover of employees with disability.
- The number of OHS incidents for an employee with disability is six times lower than that of an average employee and the number of worker’s compensation incidents is four times lower than that of an average employee, according to Safe Work Australia.
- Employees with disability have less sick days compared to an average employee. The accrued cost of sickness absence in employees with disability was less than half of the cost for an average employee ($408 vs. $881), according to Safe Work Australia.
- Employees with disability generally have very good problem-solving skills as they have been challenged to find creative ways to perform tasks others may take for granted.
- Hiring people with disability contributes to the organisation’s overall diversity. It enhances the company’s image among its staff, customers and community, adding positive benefits to the employer brand.
- There will be benefits to existing staff who find working with people with disability rewarding.