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6 Ways You Can Get Assistance in Diversifying Your Workforce

6 Ways You Can Get Assistance in Diversifying Your Workforce

August 16, 2016

There are several benefits to hiring people with disabilities. They’ve been shown to have high job performance rates, retention and punctuality, and they bring a new voice and perspective to your workplace.

You don’t have to do it alone – luckily, you can rely on some regional services to take the first few steps.


No matter the side of the state, South Dakota offers its business-owners ample opportunity to learn more about programs that help you diversify your workforce. The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network (BRN) and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills (WDNBH) each offers educational opportunities for learning how to make hiring people with disabilities work for your business.

Candidate Pooling

One of the hardest things to do when you’re determined to diversify your workforce is finding the right candidates and knowing how to get them in your application pool. Ability for Hire offers placement services that get you in touch with the best fits for you open positions – it’s just a matter of starting the conversation and letting us know you’re ready to hire people with disabilities.

Financial Incentives

Beyond simply the benefits of a positive, highly capable workplace and a well-regarded reputation that comes with hiring people with disabilities, there are immediate monetary gains as well. Tax incentives for business owners include the small business tax credit, the work opportunity tax credit, and the architectural/transportation tax deduction. These incentives rise from as much as $2,400 per year to as much as $15,000 per year, depending on your business situation.

Employee Training

One thing that may deter a business from diversifying is concern about office culture – but it’s a disproven myth that hiring people with disabilities opens you up to lawsuits in this regard. Luckily, South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can assist by offering your staff disability awareness and etiquette training. (In addition, VR can provide financial assistance for on-the-job training costs for your new employee.)

ADA Compliance

But what if you have to put in ramps or special equipment required by law in the Americans with Disabilities Act? Too expensive, right? Wrong!!! Most workers with disabilities don’t require accommodations or special equipment. Most that do require less than $500 in investment (plus it makes your workplace ADA-compliant for the future and for visitors/customers as well).  And there are tax incentives specifically designed to help you cover this cost.

Spreading the Word

When you show your support by partnering with Ability for Hire and diversifying your workforce by employing people with disabilities, you can proudly display your pride on your social and web pages via the Ability for Hire Partner badge. It signifies to your followers that you’re in inclusive employer and boosts goodwill toward your brand.

If you’re ready to start the process, it’s as simple as filling out the contact form on AbilityForHire.com – get in touch, and we’ll provide you with the tools you need to make it happen.

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