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Benefits of Employing Disabled People (to the employer)

In a previous blog I began to explore some of the business benefits of employing disabled people. I like to bring this alive by using examples from real life, and will sometimes use case studies to illustrate a particular point. Today’s case study looks at the benefits from the point of view of the employer, and looks at some of the positive impact on organisational culture that a diverse workforce can bring.

Office at Interactive Ideas Ltd.Interactive Ideas Ltd is a fast-growing and successful distributor of enterprise software based in Enfield, North London. As an organisation they pride themselves in choosing the best people for the job and have an extremely diverse workforce (including
employing staff from 13 different countries!). However, they realised that over the years they had struggled to attract disabled candidates through their conventional recruitment channels. They decided to take a pro-active approach to attracting candidates with disabilities (future blogs will look at a range of strategies to achieve this).

They recently recruited their first deaf employee – Emlyn, a young dynamic recent graduate who had been unable to find paid employment despite an impressive CV. The Managing Director of Interactive Ideas, Mike Trup, told me that employing Emlyn has had a very positive impact on the workforce, not just because of his excellent ability in the job but also because it has highlighted to other staff the importance of inclusion in the broadest sense. It also sends a very positive message to employees that the company recruits and promotes on the basis of merit alone.

Emlyn told me that he is grateful to Interactive Ideas for taking a chance on employing a deaf person, which some employers might see as too much hassle. So far he has been more than able to execute the tasks that were given to him, and he is still hungry for new learning. He believes it is important for his employers and colleagues to learn more about deafness – and how to behave around a deaf person – and he already feels like a valuable member of the team.

What kind of intangible, but important, benefits have you found in having a diverse team?

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9 Responses to Benefits of Employing Disabled People (to the employer)
  1. Gertrude
    January 16, 2012 | 11:41 am

    The blog is cool

  2. Monty Bloodsaw
    January 19, 2012 | 10:55 pm

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, regards . “Golf isn’t a game, it’s a choice that one makes with one’s life.” by Charles Rosin.

  3. admin
    January 20, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    Thank you for your comments.

  4. Benny Kirks
    February 10, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused .. Any ideas? Appreciate it!

    • Jacobus
      March 4, 2012 | 5:49 pm

      It’s greed, and taking advantage of someone. See, the thing is: you’re supposed to get equal pay, right? But most of the time you’re also not supposed to (or flat-out not allowed to) ask what your coworkers are making. So how are you supposed to know if what you’re getting is fair, if you don’t know what comparable workers are getting?Granted, there might be other factors involved maybe Coworker X has 5 years’ more experience than you, or Coworker Y just plain works harder than you do. But if you’re making $30,000 and your similarly-qualified coworker is making $40,000 that’s a big difference.The system is set up to keep you in the dark, though. It’s very hard to know if you’re being treated equally, and they like it that way.

  5. Jane
    February 10, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Hello Benny, This is my firat blog, so I’m pribably not the best person to ask! However there is lots of advice available out there. You might like to look at http://www.nikkipilkington.com/the-nikki-p-30-day-blogging-challenge-is-here/ (this isn’t an affiliate link, and I know Nikki and can thoroughly recommend her). Good luck with your blogging!

    • Christina
      March 4, 2012 | 2:37 pm

      Your post reminds me of the advantages of the social insurance in use over here (everyone is insured equally by the state now that I think of it: rules out discrimination of any kind), and also of the disadvantages (lesser wages for us mortals, the system’s use is frequently abused and will be collapsed long before I can make full use of it). Speaking of discrimination.Reading your case above, the recent report on women’s generally lower wages sprang to my mind. How such blatant cases of inequity can occur much less be a widely spread practice is totally beyond me. Sooner or later I’ll have to acknowledge that my mind works just differently. What makes people do that? Is it the greed again?

  6. Errol Obermann
    April 1, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Useful info. Hope to see more good posts in the future.

  7. Sixta Risper
    April 6, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    I admire what you have done here. I love the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that is working for you as well. Do you have any more info on this?

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