Inclusive Hiring Frequently Asked Questions

A man with an intellectual disability helps get something off a store shelf for a shorter woman

Why should I hire employees with disabilities?

Inclusive hiring has been shown to be highly beneficial to employers. The benefits include

  • Increased profits

  • Greater employee retention and loyalty

  • Low absenteeism 

  • Improved company image

  • More diverse and loyal customers

  • A more supportive employee culture

These benefits are seen across a range of industries, including retail, hospitality, food and beverage, and more. To read a more detailed list of the benefits of inclusive hiring, click here

Is it expensive to accommodate disabled employees?

No! The vast majority of workplace accommodations cost little or nothing at all, and are things such as individualized schedules. Research also shows that the benefits of accommodating disabled employees, even when accommodations are pricier, disabled employees far outweigh the costs.

Are disabled employees as productive as non-disabled employees?

Yes, studies have shown that employees with a wide range of disabilities are just as productive as non-disabled employees, and in fact often more so!

Will my other employees be uncomfortable around disabled employees?

Hiring employees with disability actually increases cooperation between coworkers and creates a more supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

I am worried about safety and liability when it comes to disabled employees

Disabled employees have been found to have above average safety records, and there is no evidence than hiring disabled employees results in more litigation or liability expenses.

Inclusive hiring sounds like a great idea, but I have no idea where to start

It is easy! You can get in touch with several organizations who support disabled persons in finding employment. They will work with you on a job-by-job, person-by-person basis to see if a great fit can be made. They will also provide support for the disabled employee if they are eventually hired. There is no fee, but the benefits for employers are significant.

Some organizations offering employment support programs include:

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