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4 Reasons Why People With Disabilities Are An Untapped Workforce

March 09, 2018

Hiring people with disabilities is more than doing the right thing – it’s a smart business move! Not only will you build a more diverse and robust organization, you’ll be placing an increased emphasis on innovation, efficiency and problem-solving. Ready to learn more?

Here are 4 reasons why people with disabilities are an untapped workforce.

1. They’re motivated and loyal.

People with disabilities want to work. They have the same goals and dreams as job candidates without disabilities, but they encounter a more difficult time with employment opportunities. When they find that opportunity within your company, they can be incredibly motivated and loyal. Studies show that people with disabilities are reliable and motivated workers with lower turnover rates.   

2. They’re innovative problem-solvers.

Talk about go-getters! People who overcome challenges on a daily basis are inherently innovative and mentally resilient. They’re just the type of people you want on your team, taking on workplace issues with a “let’s find a way” attitude. A study from DePaul University revealed that workers with disabilities had fewer scheduled absences than those with disabilities – and nearly identical job performance ratings.

3. They improve corporate culture.

Peter Drucker said it best, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” Diversity in the workplace is a wonderful thing because it shows you value individual differences and different perspectives. Perhaps even more importantly, an inclusive corporate culture attracts even more high-performing and inclusive people. Just as you would hire people from different cultures and generations, hiring people with disabilities can lead to increased innovation and creative problem-solving.

4. They’re increasingly connected through technology.

Gone are the days of expensive technology accommodations for workers with disabilities. Every-changing advances in assistive technology continue to lower barriers, especially for communication with coworkers and/or working from home via the Internet. From video relay screen readers to speech recognition software and apps, there’s an exciting array of inexpensive technology tools available to support people with disabilities communicate efficiently and effectively.      

Interested in learning more? Read 5 Irrational Myths About Employees With Disabilities from Workplace Answers.

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