If you are an employer, why should you hire Americans with disabilities? In a nutshell, it is very good for business and something, if you aren’t already doing, should be part of your hiring process immediately.
“The companies we work with already know this and have learned the value of hiring Americans with disabilities,” said Alan Hubbard, NTI Inc.’s chief operating officer. “You are getting employees who are dedicated and hard working. Our data shows they will stay with you longer and increase your productivity.”
NTI, which was recently featured in the New York Times on working at home during COVID-19 and on the Scripps’ Media national show, ‘The Race,’ offers training and job placement services to Americans with disabilities to allow them to find work in at-home call centers for government organizations, Fortune 500, and large and small companies. You can register at www.ntiathome.org.
Reason No. 1: If you aren’t hiring Americans with disabilities, you are limiting your talent pool and leaving top-level candidates out. “This is something we tell people all the time,” said Hubbard. “It isn’t easy to find top candidates, so why would you want to leave out a group of people? The people we train end up being at the top of the lists in the companies they work for.”
An Institute for Corporate Productivity report said that three out of four employers ranked their employees with a disability as good or very good on work quality, motivation, engagement, integration with co-workers, dependability, and attendance.
Reason No. 2: By hiring Americans with disabilities, you are increasing your market share showing you are aware of their needs and are including them in your company. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the disability community represents a trillion-dollar market segment, and they become your loyal customers.
“This is just good business for businesses,” said Hubbard. “This is a market that goes unnoticed too often by companies.”
Reason No. 3: Studies show that hiring Americans with disabilities makes for a better corporate environment and improves job morale.
“You are adding highly motivated people to your team,” said Hubbard. “They want the job, and they are willing to work hard to keep it. That rubs off on the rest of your employees.”
Reason No. 4: You are getting employees who tend to stay with a job for a long period of time, so you aren’t re-hiring after six or nine months. NTI’s research shows that people they place in jobs are more dependable and make themselves available when they are needed to be at work.
“Our research shows that our people stay longer and move up in the company,” said Hubbard. “They won’t be looking for another job when they start working for you. This allows you to keep your recruiting and training costs down, and that is good for the company’s bottom line.
“You are getting employers who you can count on when you need them. We have heard countless times from our business partners that a people we sent them has stepped in on a last-second notice to pitch in and help out.”
Reason No. 5: Your company may be eligible for tax credits and receive tax incentives for making your business more accessible to Americans with disabilities. Certain federal contractors are required to hire them.
“There are a lot of advantages for companies to hire Americans with disabilities,” said Hubbard. “As a business, you owe it to yourself to check out what is available for your company if you are hiring Americans with disabilities.” The U.S. Department of Labor provides guidelines for employers hiring Americans with disabilities.”
Mike Hardman is a content marketing associate for NTI@HOME. NTI Inc. helps Americans with disabilities find work-at–home opportunities in call centers for government organizations, Fortune 500, and large and small companies by offering free job training and job placement services.
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