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Close your eyes and think of the word ‘disability’. What does it mean to you? If you don’t have a disability, maybe it conjures up an image of a person in a wheelchair. Or maybe it makes you think of a person with a vision impairment, holding a cane. Of course, these can be accurate representations of what disability can mean.

However, as we all know, business owners shouldn’t be limited by these definitions. Hiring people with disability not only makes good business sense – it can grow organisations in unfathomable ways. So, let’s bolster the movement, and share just why businesses should consider a person with a disability for their next hire.

Improved workplace morale

People want to work in and work with diverse workplaces – customers and employees alike! To be an employer of choice, you need to talk the talk – and walk the walk. Next time you have a vacancy, consider looking for a person with a disability to fill the gap. It’s not just about improving the morale of your workplace – it’s about proving you are a socially responsible employer.

Problem-solving skills

Despite there being a range of mechanisms to support a person with disability, there are still a range of challenges that they may face every day. Conquering these challenges inspires creative thinking and resourcefulness – and an ability to think outside the box. Hiring a person with disability can bring a team member to your organisation who has a fresh perspective.

Stop making excuses

Don’t have a wheelchair ramp? Need someone with a driver’s licence? Worried about absenteeism? Don’t assume a person with disability can’t do the job. Your Employment Plus Recruiter can help you find a winning candidate and equip your workplace with what it needs to get your new start working. Concentrate on finding the right person for the job and don’t make assumptions – we’ll make the rest work.

Model employees

Did you know people with disability take fewer days off, take less sick leave and have a higher retention rate than other workers? Once a person with disability finds the right job, the person performs equally well as other employees.

If you need to make workplace changes or buy special equipment for an employee with disability, your costs may be covered by the Employment Assistance Fund. You may also be eligible for a generous wage subsidy of up to $10,000 including GST. Your Employment Plus Recruiter is here to help you with the process. Simply call us on 136 123 for advice on how to diversify your workplace.

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