The Business Benefits of Investing in Accessible Workplaces is highlighted in a briefing published by The Conference Board of Canada. In order for businesses to remain competitive, they need to be more inclusive in their hiring practices. Corporations and companies literally cannot afford to ignore the significant segment of the labour force made up of those with disabilities, visible and otherwise.
Although post-secondary education improves employment rates and prospects for everyone, individuals with disabilities who have a degree or diploma still find it difficult to find work, despite legislation aimed at equity in hiring. In order to capitalize on the skills of individuals with disabilities, businesses need to consider accessibility in workplace design and work processes. When spaces and procedures are developed to make work easier for individuals with disabilities, productivity can improve for all employees. Many research studies have suggested that diverse workforces produce more innovative solutions to business challenges.
Employees with disabilities can help to identify the needs of consumers with disabilities and market to them, taking advantage of their economic influence. An additional benefit to an inclusive work environment is that it can improve a brand’s image. Investing in and publicizing accessible work environments attracts loyal talent and even customers. Businesses and communities benefit both financially and socially when individuals with disabilities can engage in meaningful, productive work.
To read the full briefing, including business spotlights, facts compared with busted myths, statistics, and practical strategies, click here.