About 4.4 million people in Australia have some form of disability. This means that around 1 in 6 Australians have a disability. Finding a job is harder for people with disabilities because not all companies believe in hiring a diverse workforce. But in doing so, they are actually on the losing side.
Companies that do not discriminate against the hiring of people with disabilities have several advantages in working for them. If you’re running a business in Australia, here are some reasons why people with disabilities can help transform it for the better.
- A diverse workforce
Hiring a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities ensures that you have plenty of talented people on your team. People with disabilities often have very different perspectives on topics, which can benefit your business in more ways than one. Since they see business problems differently, they can quickly suggest innovative ideas and solutions that can improve your products or services.
- Increased productivity
If you think hiring people with disabilities will reduce your company’s productivity levels, you’re wrong. If hired for the right position, people with disabilities are just as productive as any other employee, if not more.
And that’s not all. 90% of employees with disabilities show “average” or “above average” performance, according to a DuPont survey.
- Improves company reputation
According to a study by Accenture, companies with a more inclusive culture see “28% more revenue, double net profit, and 30% more economic profit margins” over a four-year period. You wonder why ?
A company that strives to do good for the community instead of just looking for profit will undoubtedly have a better image with its target customers. Therefore, people are more attracted to companies that are inclined to build a fully inclusive workspace.
A good business reputation leads to increased sales, inevitably leading to growth and profitability. Embracing an inclusive workforce boosts a company’s brand image and ultimately bottom lines.
- Better corporate culture
Practicing inclusivity in the workplace ensures that you have a diverse talent pool on your team. And a strong workforce is the key to better productivity and engagement in the workplace.
Including people with disabilities in your workforce can improve workplace morale and improve teamwork. As a result, you can help create a positive work atmosphere that gives you a competitive edge over your competitors.
- Reduced employee turnover rate
When the company pays attention to the well-being of its staff by encouraging egalitarian cultures, employees are more likely to stay longer. This translates into more profits for the business due to less employee turnover and increased productivity.
If your company still hasn’t adopted a disability-inclusive recruitment policy, we hope the above benefits will convince you to reconsider. A great way to explore how to attract and invite employees with disabilities into your business is to get in touch with disability management services. These organizations help people with disabilities find jobs that match their unique needs and interests.
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