Recently, Community Living Manitoba and Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA) published a blog series to promote the many benefits that inclusive employment practices give employers. The series explains that contrary to popular opinion, people with intellectual disabilities can produce the same quality of work as the rest of the population. Whether it be through their outside-of-the-box style of thinking, creativity, or dedication, hiring people with intellectual disabilities can be advantageous for any organization. To help you better understand these benefits, we’ve summarized them below:
Consistent Attendance: In comparison to the general workforce, people with intellectual disabilities or Autism have lower absenteeism. Inclusive employers have also reported that these employees rarely call in sick or arrive late to work. Once given the opportunity for ‘real work for real pay’, people with disabilities are driven, hardworking, and punctual.
Coworker Partnerships: By promoting inclusion in the workplace, individuals with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be positive and outgoing at work. In turn, their positive attitudes will pervade throughout the organization, thus resulting in a friendly, collaborative, and team-oriented atmosphere.
Reduced Turnover: As dedicated, hardworking, and appreciative employees, individuals with intellectual disabilities are less likely to quit their jobs than ‘average’ employees. These people are ready and willing to make long-term commitments to organizations, which helps employers by making them look fair, reliable, and committed to their workers for the long-haul.
Positive Attitude: Since they have to overcome greater barriers to obtain positions, individuals with intellectual disabilities are highly gracious and appreciative towards their employers. With this much appreciation and gratitude, they naturally radiate positivity throughout the organization. Customers will be pleased to receive such friendly service, and coworkers will enjoy working in such a positive environment. The positivity of people with intellectual disabilities will benefit all parties involved with your organization.
Pride in the Job and Organizational Loyalty: Like other workers, people with intellectual disabilities also want to find meaning and take pride in their work. Once they find this, they are empowered, proud of their accomplishments, and will emanate their satisfaction throughout the organization. This sense of pride will also make these individuals feel loyal to their employer and help others see the organization as fair and having integrity. Through seeing this, other employees will also begin to experience this sense of loyalty towards their employer.
Enhanced Employer Public Image: With there being over 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world, they make up a huge market of consumers and potential employees. By hiring workers with intellectual disabilities, employers can demonstrate their integrity, thus drawing these socially conscious consumers right to the organization.
Presentation of a Diverse Workforce: In recent decades, society and employers have become more accepting of diversity through various legislature and the evolution of social attitudes. With this change, organizations want to cultivate and present a diverse workforce to the public. By hiring workers with intellectual disabilities, organizations can reap the various benefits associated with a diverse workforce, including proud employees and consumers.
As evident from the list above, it is clear that inclusive employment practices come with an array of benefits to organizations that implement them. To receive more information on the advantages of inclusive employment, please read the full blog series.
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