#1: They can be counted on

While some employers worry hiring someone with a disability will see them taking more sick days, smart employers know this not to be true. When you look at average attendance figures, it’s quite the reverse!

One study found that people with disabilities are nearly 40% less likely to take sick leave or time off compared to other workers!

Not only that, but employees with disabilities also often stay with a company longer. For employers, this not only means a more stable workforce – with fewer people coming and going – it means financial savings too.

#2: They see things differently

Many employers also find that workers with disabilities are among their most productive and bring something extra to the table too – whether it’s a different perspective, a lateral approach to problem- solving, or a different set of life experiences.

This should really come as no surprise, though, right? After all, they’re often highly skilled at adapting to new or difficult situations.

And when companies are diverse and employ people from all walks of life, they are more productive, creative, innovative, and better at problem-solving.

#3: They provide insights into a large segment of customers

One in five Australians are living with a disability – and that includes customers from all businesses!

Given that this is the case, smart companies know may be missing a trick by not representing these people in their workforce.

After all, how can you hope to understand and respond to the needs of diverse Australians, if you don’t have any of these people working for you?

#4: They reflect positively on the business

People like to work with inclusive businesses– and this goes for customers and employees alike.

Numerous studies show people would prefer to give their business to companies that hire people with a disability.

Similarly, many job hunters actively seek out companies with diverse workforces, as they can feel confident these businesses don’t discriminate unfairly.

If businesses want to be an employer of choice, they can’t be closed-minded when hiring.

#5: Their good work ethic tends to rub off

People with a disability bring a unique set of skills to the table in the workplace. And the good news is, they share their experiences and insights with their colleagues too!

It’s been shown that having people with a disability in the workplace improves staff morale, teamwork, and the quality and speed of work that other staff produce!

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