It is good business sense to create a diverse workforce. The benefits of employing people with disability are tangible and there are potential costs of ignoring such a large proportion of the NSW workforce.
Unique individuals, backgrounds and opinions not only enhance workplace diversity, but also bring new skills, create fresh perspectives and generate innovative ideas. This increases the talent in your business, with all the associated benefits it brings, including more long-standing employees.
There are many misconceptions about it costing more to employ people with disability.
There are significant benefits to your workplace culture, employee-associated costs and staff retention to consider. Employing people with disability can help you gain loyal and committed employees who will help you achieve your business objectives.
Surveys of businesses show the benefits of hiring people with disability include:
People with disability can help you grow your business. No matter what industry or what role you’re recruiting for, a person with disability may be the right person for the job.
|Business outcome||Workplace benefits|
|Increased productivity||Diverse workplaces are more innovative.|
|Improved workplace culture||Employing people with disability has been shown to improve staff morale and workplace culture.|
|Diversity in customers||Any changes you make for your staff can also be used by your customers. This attracts customers with disability to your business.|
|Expands your customer base||You’re making changes not just for your staff, but for customers too and this will help your business understand the access and communication needs of customers with disability.|
|Lowers staff turnover costs||Typically, employees with disability stay in the job longer, which reduces staff turnover and associated training costs.|
Employment and induction costs are not higher for people with disability.
There is no increase in workplace health and safety by employing people with disability.
A person with disability can perform just as well as someone without disability in their job and tasks.
People with disability do not take more sick days than people without disability.
Benefits to businesses from hiring people with disability1 :
1 Australian Network on Disability, Disability Confidence Survey 2016 and Business Council of Australia Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability, October 2015.