Recruiting and retaining skilled talent can be a challenge for businesses—especially as markets are faced with an aging workforce and a lack of young talent. One way organizations can strengthen their workforce and navigate this difficult recruitment landscape is by hiring individuals with disabilities.
There are both direct and indirect benefits for businesses that establish accessible employment practices, including the following:
- Access to a large talent pool. According to the most recent data from Statistics Canada, approximately 3.8 million Canadians are affected by a disability. From a hiring perspective, this represents a major market, as those with disabilities are three times more likely to be unemployed than those without a disability.
- Improved revenue and cost savings. Accessible employment practices have been shown to have a positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. Research has shown that companies that invest in accessible employment practices reported a number of benefits, including the following:
- Higher retention and lower turnover
- Improved attendance
- Enhanced job performance and work quality
- Better safety records
- A positive brand image. Inclusiveness matters to consumers. As such, demonstrating that you care about diversity can improve customer loyalty and distinguish you from your competitors.
When hiring individuals with disabilities, it’s important to ensure that all of your facilities meet their unique needs. Conduct a thorough assessment of your locations and implement any changes to improve workplace accessibility.
Keep in mind that many provinces have specific requirements related to workplace accessibility. Be sure to examine these closely in order to remain compliant.
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