Benefits of accessible and inclusive workplaces

Accessible workplaces are better workplaces

There are many benefits to becoming an inclusive employer and hiring people with disabilities.

You already know that the hiring process is an investment in talent, passion and expertise. Hiring people with disabilities is no different. When you commit to making your employees' work environment the best it can be for their success, you create a happier, healthier and more productive team.

Innovation and productivity

Diversity breeds innovation through unique, productive ideas. Diverse and inclusive workplaces are:

 
  1. Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have above-average financial returns. [4]
  2. Hiring a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities, gives you the potential to improve your business. People with disabilities provide unique skill sets that can benefit your organization.
  3. A diverse workforce reduces unconscious bias by identifying and debunking false perceptions and favours the development of more complete, robust products and services for your users and clients.

Committed employees

  1. Organizations who hire people with disabilities tend to have a lower turnover rate, thereby reducing their hiring and training costs. [5]
  2. 86% of people with disabilities rated average or better on attendance compared to their colleagues without disabilities. [6]
  3. 90% percent of people with disabilities rated average or better on performance compared to their colleagues without disabilities. [7]

Happy employees

  1. Hiring people with disabilities leads to diversification of workplace settings, creating an overall positive work environment. [8], [9]
  2. Studies show that highly satisfied, committed employees lead to lower turnover. [10]

Learn about more facts and market opportunities for developing an inclusive recruitment strategy.

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References:

[1], [2] The Presidents Group. (2018). Why is hiring people with disabilities good for business? Presidents Group. Retrieved from http://accessibleemployers.ca/business-case/  

[3] Bersin by Deloitte. (2017). New Deloitte research identifies keys to creating fair and inclusive organizations. PR Newswire. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-deloitte-research-identifies-keys-to-creating-fair-and-inclusive-organizations-300455164.html

[4] Barta, T., Kleiner, M., & Neumann, T. (2012). Is there a pay-off from top-team diversity? McKinsey Quarterly. Retrieved from https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/is-there-a-payoff-from-top-team-diversity

[5], [6], [7] Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. (2017). Partnership council on employment opportunities for persons with disabilities report. Government of Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/partnership-council-employment-opportunities-persons-disabilities-report

[8] Owen, J. (2012). The benefits of disability in the workplace. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/judyowen/2012/05/12/a-cost-benefit-analysis-of-disability-in-the-workplace/#7050c2e93501  

[9], [10] Hernandez, B., & McDonald, K. (2007). Exploring the bottom line: a study of the costs and benefits of workers with disabilities. Burton Blatt Institute, Syracruse University. Retrieved from http://bbi.syr.edu/_assets/staff_bio_publications/McDonald_Exploring_the_Bottom_Line_2007.pdf

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