Get these Benefits for your Business by Hiring People with Disabilities

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A recent Forbes headline trumpeted, “The 5 Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities,” and Caledon Community Services (CCS) echoes these advantages.  CCS’ Employment and Development division is leading the way in providing services to Caledon residents seeking work and businesses looking to hire.

Knowing the potential of individuals with disabilities and the benefits for employers of hiring them, when the Federal Government announced the Opportunities Fund to improve unemployment rates among people with disabilities we knew that CCS was in a position to make a difference for this underserved group.

“Transitions,”’ the new program launched just before Christmas filled up quickly. Sixteen prospective employees will soon have completed three weeks of employability skills workshops with a focus on addressing disability issues, resume development, interview preparation and health and safety. The main objective is to prepare them to obtain employment and the skills necessary to succeed long-term.

And now… these individuals are ready to earn a living!

For years the focus on persons with disabilities has been around advocacy.  A wealth of data now exists to support the fact that people with disabilities represent a talented, untapped labour market. Some of the most successful companies in the world today are those that build diversity into all aspects of their workplace. These businesses know that people with disabilities are an under-represented talent pool and that a diverse workforce leads to increased innovation and productivity, making them more competitive.

Service Canada, through CCS’ Transitions program, provides employers with a per hour financial subsidy designed to provide budget offset for the costs of hiring and training new staff. A cost that employers incur no matter who they hire.  Beyond the financial benefits, some business benefits include 1) Overall higher job retention rate, 2) Lower accidents/incidents reported, 3 Improved job morale and corporate culture, 4) Increase workplace diversity, 5) Increase customer loyalty and the list goes on.

When you think of the most successful businesses in the world, Starbucks will definitely be on the list, and their CEO Howard Schultz champions’ diversity and inclusion within the workplace. In an article by the Vancouver Sun Mark Wafer, who at the time the article was written owned seven Tim Hortons, noted that hiring people with disabilities just makes good business sense. Wafer estimated one person leaving him cost between $3,000 and $4,000. “I’m making more money with a lower turnover,” he said at that time, adding his other employees also stayed because they appreciated the inclusive work environment. If you are a business located in Caledon and wish to be part of an inclusive, diverse and thriving workforce call today.

Your business can benefit, call the Transitions Team at 905-584-2300 or email transitions@ccs4u.org.

(Article updated 2017-01-26)

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