It is good business sense to employ people with disability. Low unemployment levels and the current skills shortage mean that Australian businesses must work harder than ever to build a skilled workforce.
Employers can capitalise on the many benefits that people with disability bring to our society. People with disabilities work in all industries, in many different roles and at every level.
There are several key ways in which the cost-effectiveness of your business can be increased by employing people with disability.
You don’t need to make expensive changes to accommodate an employee with disability; you may simply need to be flexible about how things are done. Creating a flexible workplace will make your company more attractive to a wider range of possible employees.
A diverse workplace can increase customer loyalty and satisfaction. One in five Australians has a disability: this includes your clients and customers. Having employees with disability can help you understand the needs of customers with disability, and give you a competitive edge.
Graffam, Shinkfield, Smith & Polzin. “Employer Benefits and Costs of Employing a Person with a Disability.” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation #17