An Untapped Labor Pool – The Benefits of Diversity in The Workplace

In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies are working harder to maintain profit margins while creating high standards and developing new strategies for growth. A workforce rich in diversity and varied backgrounds is often better equipped to create viable and creative solutions to the business challenges of a global market.

Diversity refers to variances among ethnicity, gender, age, and religion, including individuals’ attributes and experiences. One out of five people in America has a disability, making them the nation’s largest “minority.” The group represents all ages, genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels. Integrating people with disabilities in your business and the workforce can create a competitive advantage.

Businesses that employ individuals with disabilities appreciate their diverse experiences and perspectives, adding value to the workplace. Recruiting qualified people with disabilities brings benefits far beyond filling a job opening, including low turnover, reduced training and recruitment costs, and a loyal and committed workforce. A 2007 DePaul University study noted low absenteeism rates and long tenures for workers with disabilities; participating employers described their employees as “loyal, reliable, and hardworking.” This untapped labor pool can offer a source of skilled employees while contributing to lower business expenses.

In most cases, hiring people with disabilities is no different than hiring any other job candidate.  All new hires need to become familiar with an organization’s management style and workplace culture. Working with agencies serving people with disabilities brings the added benefit of comprehensive training and guidance to ensure success for employer, employee and new team members.

Ability Matters is a free resource guide created by PRIDE Industries for businesses interested in learning more about employing people with disabilities. The booklet was compiled with input from business leaders to help companies gain the competitive edge by achieving diversity in the workplace.

Ability Matters was developed by PRIDE Industries in collaboration with the following organizations; The ARC of California, ALTA California Regional Center, Work Training Center, Inc., California Disability Services Association, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Unisource Worldwide, Inc. The guide addresses topics ranging from business advantages to recruitment and hiring, as well as support services, tax incentives, and realistic workplace accommodations.

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Ability Matters

“Ability Matters” is a free resource guide created by PRIDE Industries for businesses interested in learning more about employing qualified people with disabilities. Compiled with input from local leaders, “Ability Matters” helps businesses gain the competitive edge by achieving diversity in the workplace.

Disabilities don’t discriminate; they affect people across all racial, gender, and socioeconomic lines.  In fact, people with disabilities are the nation’s largest and most diverse minority. If you do not currently have a disability, you have about a 20% chance of becoming disabled at some point during your work life.

“Ability Matters”  was developed by PRIDE Industries in collaboration with the following organizations; The ARC of California, ALTA California Regional Center, Work Training Center, Inc., California Disability Services Association, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Unisource Worldwide, Inc.  The guide plainly addresses topics ranging from business advantages to recruitment and hiring, as well as support services, tax incentives and realistic workplace accommodations.

“The fact is that people with disabilities are assets, not liabilities to an organization and its bottom line,” says Matthew Mahood, President & CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. “In reality, people with disabilities don’t cost more to employ, are proven to meet or exceed challenges, have lower turnover and relate well to customers and co-workers. This doesn’t just make social sense, hiring people with disabilities is an equation for expansion, profitability and mutual success.”

 Downloads of “Ability Matters” are available free of charge at http://www.prideindustries.com/