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Benefits to hire people with disabilities

Hiring people with disabilities provides growing opportunities for everyone involved. 

Today many international organizations such as the United Nations favor initiatives to improve the well-being of persons with physical and/or intellectual impairments. It is mostly in the workplace environment however, where a better understanding can be achieved of what it means to assimilate disabled people into productive social groups. 

In most enterprises, disabled people are employed less than the non-disabled, and daily, the few disabled workers confront many discrimination events. However, many managers have operationally found that hiring disabled workers is a decision that pays out well. 

  • What are benefits to hiring people with disabilities found by companies in today´s market? 

Today many organizations advocate that it is in the company´s best interest to hire people with disabilities! Workers with impairments have been found to be more reliable and responsible regarding job turnout, for instance! 

Disabled workers tend to remain at a single job for more time that people with no disabilities. In general, the performance of disabled workers has been found to be highly agreeable to managers and CEOs (Chief Executive Officers). 

Main working values of disabled workers are reliability and capacity for integration with workers, clients and other disabled people. They aim at doing their job well and show less absenteeism. At work, they become very engaged and enjoy being moderately challenged in job affairs. Usually, they do their best to do well and not let their employers down. 

Customers may also have disabilities and managers know that they can become effective buyers. This is something that enterprises can take advantage of since their earnings can outgrow considerably when these people become attracted to buying at a store where disabled workers are sale attendants. In doing so, the enterprise can improve their earnings. Thus, employing disabled people is not only the right humanitarian thing to do, it is also the right business decision to make. 

The company´s social image will improve when customers and the general market find out that they apply equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion policies, and, as part of that, they are employing disabled people. They improve in that way their corporate public image in the marketplace. It is a win-win relationship. 

Some tax credits and financial incentives are also provided by governments in many countries to employers which offer and give job opportunities to disabled persons. 

Employing workers with disabilities does not imply huge burdens on companies as traditionally thought. It does, however, require a little adjustment of the workplace which is usually very affordable. Accessibility to the workplace and adaptability of some spaces like offices and washrooms, for instance, is of prime importance. Cost for this has been reported in some cases to be very little. Most often, however, disabled workers require no adaptation of the workplace at all. Others costs required, such as training, are also incurred for non-disabled workers. 

Employing people with disabilities has shown that companies acquire trustworthy and productive employers at very little differential cost, this is to say, it is a relationship where everyone involved has something to win!