Good for Business

Business trends in staffing show that hiring people who have disabilities adds a valuable dimension to workforce recruiting. In fact 20 percent of our population has a health condition that may or may not affect the way they interact with their work environment. And that number is on the rise.

Today hiring people who have disabilities benefits human resource strategy and improves the bottom line because, in general, people who have disabilities:

  • Are a strategic target in addressing future workforce shortages.
  • Increase the pool of talent from which companies can recruit.
  • Demonstrate high levels of performance, productivity and loyalty, which in turn helps build stronger employee engagement overall.
  • Contribute significantly to innovating company processes and products.
  • Open new market opportunities because the $1.5 trillion market they represent would rather spend money with companies that employ people who have disabilities.
  • Offer attractive returns on employee investments.

For every five people in your organization, it is likely one has a disability. This means you already employ people who have disabilities, and increasing your knowledge will only increase your positive results without major change. According to the United States Census Bureau 2007 fact sheet, nearly 20% of the population in the United States (51.2 million) have a condition that can be classified as a disability. 12 percent of the population report having a condition that can be classified as a severe disability.

For more information on the Business Case for recruiting and hiring people who have disabilities, visit www.earnworks.com/BusinessCase.

Find out more on Good Business and read the business case story, Skilled and Talented.


For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

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