Businesses That Hire People with Disabilities: What They Have in Common
How many businesses and organizations do you know of that hire people with disabilities? What type of impact do you observe it having on these businesses or organizations? Employers who employ people with disabilities are more often than not impacted positively, and they also have a few things in common.
Here are a few attributes businesses that hire people with disabilities share.
They enjoy tax benefits
Companies who hire individuals with disabilities are aware of the benefits provided by the federal government for employing select population groups. One such benefit is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This is a federal credit made available to employers in exchange for employing individuals from designated groups believed to have continuously faced barriers to employment.
In December 2015, this program was retroactively reauthorized for a five-year period covering Dec. 31, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2019.
They don’t make assumptions
Many people make assumptions about the capabilities of individuals with disabilities, but businesses that hire inclusively avoid these assumptions and look beyond the misconceptions. A few assumptions commonly made about hiring people with disabilities include:
- The perceived burden regarding compensation, workplace assimilation, and regulations
- People with disabilities taking too much time and effort to manage
- Fearing that other employees in the workplace will do or say the wrong thing
- Assuming they are not able to perform essential tasks
They recognize the business potential
Businesses who hire people with disabilities are also able to recognize the positive attributes of their workplaces by hiring inclusively. Additionally, thanks to technological advancements over the years, more businesses are able to accommodate individuals with disabilities and enjoy the benefits.
One such benefit of hiring people with disabilities is the impact on employment prospects. It opens up the employment pool to a wider range of people with valuable skills and personal attributes, including unique perspectives and good attitudes.
Hiring people with disabilities also allows organizations to improve communications with customers with similar experiences or family members with disabilities. The experiences gained in hiring and working alongside diverse employees provides valuable customer service knowledge.
Lastly, organizations need to be aware of their reputations, brands, and sincerity of hiring individuals with disabilities. It has a tremendous, positive impact in this regard.