Time to think outside of the box
According to the CSO Employment levels in Ireland increased by nearly 67,000 in 2018. This means that the war for talent is back on however attracting this top talent is proving to be a huge challenge, in particular for SMEs. The question is how do you get ahead of the pack to recruit the best people for your business?
One way to increase your competitive edge is to focus on diverse hiring, in particular people with disabilities. Investment in CSR, diversity and inclusion initiatives has helped many companies attract and retain top talent, while also increasing their sales revenue and public image.
Potential new staff these days are much more critical of companies who are perceived as being unequal or where employees feel that they cannot bring their ‘whole self’ to work.
Let’s have a look at a few common myths about employing someone with a disability:
Myth – Providing accommodations and supports for disabled workers is expensive.
Fact – The majority of accommodations and disability supports involve flexibility and cost nothing at all. The US Job Accommodation Network research shows that over half of accommodations sought cost nothing at all and companies report multiple direct and indirect benefits after making accommodations for a staff member.
Myth – People with disabilities will sue you for discrimination if you interview them and say the wrong thing.
Fact – The vast majority of cases are not taken on the disability ground and do not always refer to the interview process.
Myth – Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than their peers without disabilities.
Fact – The opposite is actually true with findings from a US report showing that disabled workers had fewer days of absence, both scheduled and unscheduled, than their peers without disabilities.
Myth – Employees with disabilities can’t do the job and have poor performance levels.
Fact – Various studies over the last twenty years have demonstrated that the opposite is true. For example, a DuPont study that involved 2,745 employees with disabilities found that 92 percent of employees with disabilities rated average or better in job performance compared to 90 percent of employees without disabilities.