Focus on Abilities, not Disabilities
Workers with disabilities can help your bottom line
People with disabilities are an asset to the workplace and often represent a talented, untapped labor market that employers may not have tapped into.
Goodwill South Florida, serving Miami, Broward and Monroe, is urging employers to consider the unique talents, perspectives and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workplace.
People with disabilities are a talented source of labor ready and able to work. For more than 50 years, Goodwill South Florida has been giving people with disabilities the tools they need to find jobs, build their careers and be on their way to greater independence.
In order to get the highest return on investment, Goodwill South Florida knows that businesses need to hire the right workers. Employees with disabilities represent skilled workers in all industries, who are capable of confronting challenges and solving problems and are receiving the training that modern businesses require.
At the same time, employers can demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility by hiring people with disabilities, which include young adults, older workers, ex-offenders and military veterans.
Goodwill South Florida provides job training to people with disabilities, those who need education or work experience and others with barriers to employment. Goodwill South Florida has helped people with disabilities earn jobs, grow their careers and achieve greater independence.
It’s good for the bottom line to hire people with disabilities.
Studies have shown that people with disabilities:
- Take less absent days.
- Are highly motivated, leading to increased productivity.
- Often have well-honed problem-solving skills and a degree of adaptability that are especially valuable in today's fast-changing business environment.
- Are more likely to stay on the job longer than workers without disabilities, which reduces hiring and training costs.
- Are consistently ranked as good or very good on work quality, motivation, engagement, integration with co-workers, dependability and attendance – which drive productivity.
- Are more aware and conscientious of safety in the workplace than their counterparts without disabilities.
- Help promote an inclusive culture that appeals to the talent pool organizations want to attract.
- Can attract a broader customer base for your goods and services.
Research shows that consumers prefer doing business with companies that employ people with disabilities, adding value to your brand. Hiring workers with disabilities can create a more positive image for your business.
Establishing a reputation as a company that offers a more diverse workforce may make you more attractive to prospective employees, customers and business associates.
Set the example, and other companies in our community may be inspired to follow your lead, eventually creating a more diverse business climate.
Please follow this link to the IRS website for more information about available
Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities .
Goodwill South Florida is a nonprofit with a history of employing people with disabilities and other barriers to work.
The Goodwill movement dates back to its inception in 1902 by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of Boston, then trained and hired those who were considered unemployable to mend and repair the used goods that were then resold.