Employers are recognising the importance of a diverse workforce. Having a diverse workforce not only brings a range of skills and experience to your organisation, it also fosters a stronger, empathetic and values-based team that work together effectively. However one group of job seekers are still under represented in the workforce, people with disability.
A disability is described as any condition that restricts a person's mental, sensory or mobility functions and can include mental health conditions. It can be caused by an accident, trauma or genetics and may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible .
Unfortunately people with disability have almost twice the unemployment rate (9.4%) when compared to people without disability (4.9%) . So why should your organisation consider employing someone with disability? Let’s have a look at a few reasons why:
By having people with disability in your organisation, it gives your organisation an insight into what potential customers with disability want and need. This valuable insight can result in new sales from a potentially untapped market.
It was revealed in a 2014 study, that nearly 50% of organisations that employed a person with disability saw an increase in customer satisfaction and loyalty . A diverse workforce is so important nowadays that it is also a key consideration when awarding contracts and tenders.
Living by your mission to be an inclusive workplace improves your staff morale, teamwork and retention. Organisations that have a diverse workforce have a greater brand image amongst their own staff, customers and even with competitors .
People with disability, different to what you might think, have fewer injuries and accidents at work than their colleagues . This means your new employee will have less time off work because of injury, saving your organisation money.
Workskil Australia knows the importance of a diverse workforce and can help you through every step of your new employee’s journey. Not only is our service free, but you may also be eligible for wage subsidies. To find out more click here.