Hiring People with Disabilities: An Employer’s Testimonial
If your business needs an individual to make a connection to your customers, I would encourage you to consider hiring someone with a disability. It can be difficult for someone with a disability to find employment and they are generally under-represented in the workforce. It will be a decision that will benefit your customers, employees and your overall business.
Defining Discrimination and the Proscribed Grounds
Discrimination occurs when individuals or groups of people are judged or treated differently on the basis of certain characteristics or stereotypes rather than on the basis of their individual merits or abilities.
Next Steps for Hiring People with Disabilities
Once the business case has been made and some rock-solid reasons have been established about why employers should consider hiring those with disabilities (e.g., commitment to excellence, strong work ethic, high job retention, decreased turnover, etc.), there are the next steps to consider. More specifically, the question for employers as to how to tap into this capable yet under-utilized labour market may need to be answered. That’s where Mark Gruenheid steps in.
Integrating People with Disabilities into the Workplace
The BC Centre for Ability helps interested employers tap into and hire people with disabilities through workplace training sessions. Some of these discussions start at the earliest steps of the recruitment process, including what kind of questions to ask (and not to ask), how to ensure an inclusive interview process, and other recruitment tips.