Choosing to employ a disabled person can be one of the most rewarding and valuable decisions you can make as a business and as an employer.
With the Bank of England forecasting the UK economic output to shrink by 9.5% this year, your business can’t afford to miss out on the opportunities that your competitors are taking advantage of.
As you will see, there are an abundance of reasons why most employers who hire a disabled person decide to pursue hiring more. Not only will you provide an opportunity for someone who has been wrongfully overlooked, but together you will be able to reach your combined future potential.
The incapacity of traditional employment channels and many employers to create an accessible environment for disabled people means those given an equal opportunity are more valuable employees. There are numerous studies that show disabled staff are more hard-working and loyal than non-disabled staff, meaning higher productivity at a lower cost.
As such, just by having greater flexibility, accommodation and accessibility, you significantly reduce the likelihood of having to replace experienced employees and all the costs that that entails.
Furthermore, it has been found that having a disabled member of staff improves the workplace culture and overall staff retention rate. This is because other employees recognise that as an employer you are accommodating and understanding of each one of their colleagues, making everyone feel more valued and in turn making them less likely to leave.
Given the needs of the disabled community, there are a wealth of different schemes and funding available to employers who are looking to hire a disabled person. To find out how you can access these, go to our funding page.