Hiring people with disabilities isn’t just an altruistic move. In fact, companies that hire people with disabilities report real business benefits and ROI that extends far beyond goodwill. These seven bottom-line benefits can help you make the business case where you work:
 

 1. Reduced Turnover

A well-run disability community outreach effort can reduce your turnover by 20-30% compared to other labor pools, and the costs associated with that turnover (such as training time, lost productivity, overtime for other staff, Human Resources and payroll time) are decreased.

 

2.  Lower Recruiting Costs

A well-run outreach effort coordinates and takes advantage of recruiting resources run by states, community-based organizations and schools, all of which can reduce the need for recruiting with ads and temporary agencies, and reduce HR and recruiting department hours.

 

3.  Access to an Untapped Labor Pool

Out of the approximately 56 million people with disabilities in the U.S. (19% of the U.S. population), 13.3 million reported difficulty finding a job, but are able and seeking work.

 

4.  Increased Productivity & Workplace Safety

In the right environments, employees with disabilities can thrive. Results from programs have shown workers with disabilities have had equal to or greater productivity and fewer safety incidents.

 

5.  Tax Credits & Incentives

Companies can tap state grants and incentives to set up training programs in partnership with vocational rehabilitation programs, schools and community-based organizations. This means trained workers may be available immediately or with little ramp-up time.

In addition, sites may be eligible for Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) with direct credits per hire with a disability.

 

6.  Increased Customer Outreach

By setting up specific disability-related programs and completing a targeted marketing effort, companies can expect an increase in patronage from the disability community.

 

7.  Better Business Results

Companies can expect the same or better business results in terms of costs, productivity and throughput.

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