Four great reasons to employ a person with a mental health condition, injury or disability

07 November 2018

Four great reasons to employ a person with a mental health condition, injury or disability

Employers are recognising the importance of a diverse workforce. Having a diverse workforce not only brings a range of skills and experience to your organisation, it also fosters a stronger, empathetic and values-based team that work together effectively. However one group of job seekers are still under represented in the workforce, people with disability.

A disability is described as any condition that restricts a person's mental, sensory or mobility functions and can include mental health conditions. It can be caused by an accident, trauma or genetics and may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible [1].

Unfortunately people with disability have almost twice the unemployment rate (9.4%) when compared to people without disability (4.9%) [2]. So why should your organisation consider employing someone with disability? Let’s have a look at a few reasons why:

Give your business a competitive edge

By having people with disability in your organisation, it gives your organisation an insight into what potential customers with disability want and need. This valuable insight can result in new sales from a potentially untapped market.

Customers will come back

It was revealed in a 2014 study, that nearly 50% of organisations that employed a person with disability saw an increase in customer satisfaction and loyalty [3]. A diverse workforce is so important nowadays that it is also a key consideration when awarding contracts and tenders.

Staff will stay longer and be happier

Living by your mission to be an inclusive workplace improves your staff morale, teamwork and retention. Organisations that have a diverse workforce have a greater brand image amongst their own staff, customers and even with competitors [4].

Your new employee will be safe at work

People with disability, different to what you might think, have fewer injuries and accidents at work than their colleagues [4]. This means your new employee will have less time off work because of injury, saving your organisation money.

We can be your diverse recruitment partner

Workskil Australia knows the importance of a diverse workforce and can help you through every step of your new employee’s journey. Not only is our service free, but you may also be eligible for wage subsidies.

Take the next step

As part of AccessAbility Day, we are encouraging all organisations, regardless of their size, to give our candidates with a mental health condition, injury or disability an opportunity for just one day during the week of November 26 to 30. 

AccessAbility Day is an Australian Government initiative, which provides employers an opportunity to:

  • learn more about working with jobseekers with disability
  • promote and encourage an inclusive workplace
  • access a talent pool of capable people who are keen to work
  • learn more about free disability employment services and support available for employers.

Click here to register your organisation’s interest

Sources

  1. ‘What is disability?’ 2018, Australian Network on Disability.
  2. 'Employment of persons with disabilities' 2007, United Nations Department of Public Information.
  3. ‘Employing People with Disabilities’ 2017, Institute of Corporate Productivity (ic4P).
  4. ‘Employer’s guide to employing a person with disability’ 2017, Department of Social Services.