Hiring a qualified worker with a disability makes good business sense. Employers tell us that these attributes have sold them on employing a qualified worker with a disability.
- Dependability and Flexibility
Studies have shown that employees with disabilities have lower rates of absenteeism and will often “step up to the plate” to take on new tasks, assist co-workers, or fill in when needed.
- Employee Engagement
Employers report that hiring employees with disabilities contributes to improved morale and productivity. 80% of employers state employees with disabilities are as productive as any other employee.
- Customer Loyalty
Research shows that employing people with disabilities taps into a growing market of customers with disabilities, $220 billion in discretionary spending each year. Further, 92% of consumers reflect favorably on businesses known to hire people with disabilities, with 87% preferring to do business with these companies.
Research shows no job performance difference between employees with disabilities and their non-disabled colleagues. Employers report that employees with disabilities motivate coworkers, leading to increased productivity.
- Tax Incentives
Businesses may be eligible for tax incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit,
Disabled Access Credit, and Architectural/Transportation Barrier Removal Tax Deduction.
- Return on Investment
Studies have concluded that for each dollar spent on reasonable accommodations, businesses gain $10-$35 in benefits.
- Increased Profits
Many employers who have hired workers with disabilities have seen a positive impact on their bottom line. Diverse work groups can create better solutions to business challenges.
- Untapped Labor Pool
Employees with disabilities can ease concerns about labor shortages. Employees with disabilities often show up with a positive, can-do attitude and take great pride in their work.
- Job Retention
Many workers with disabilities demonstrate a high degree of loyalty, often remaining with their employers for years, reducing turnover and adding stability to the workforce.
- Everyone Benefits!
When we shift the focus to an employee’s ability, everyone benefits, from management to front line workers to customers!