Why You Should Hire an Individual with a Disability

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In 2016, 17.9 percent of persons with a disability were employed.  In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.3 percent.

What really frustrates me the most is that these individuals sometimes don’t even have a chance to prove to employers that they can be a benefit to the company.  Whether it’s a lack of communication skills, or a disconnect due to social deficits, good candidates are often (too often) overlooked.  This isn’t because of someone’s disability.  It’s because of those employers or hiring managers who don’t understand the disability.  They also don’t take the time to learn exactly what positive attributes these individuals can bring to their companies.

Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher than those with no disability. Among both groups, those who had attained higher levels of education were more likely to be employed than those with less education.

Individuals with a disability often have an extremely high IQ.  Or they have a special interest in a related subject to the place they hope to work some day.  And even though they may not have a degree, they are still very capable (if not sometimes more capable) of being highly skilled employee for a specific job position.

Now obviously some jobs require certain education.  And that’s very understandable.  But, every brick and mortar business needs help with cleaning.  Every business needs help with organization.  Every business needs something done that others don’t want to do.  Why?  Because these specific positions are often mundane and repetitive, and require little to no social contact with others.  These are often the BEST opportunities for disabled individuals!

Here’s something to ponder over.  My husband used to go into a McDonald’s (on a fairly regular basis) near his work.  He said there was a man with special needs who greeted him every time he walked in the door.  He was always usually cleaning the tables, cleaning the floors, or emptying trash. And the best part, he always had a smile on his face.  My husband looked forward to going into that specific McDonald’s every week, just to see this man’s passion and attitude.  My husband said that he enjoyed the enthusiasm that man had for his job, and his nice disposition made my husband’s day.  I can guarantee that when my husband went back to work, he didn’t feel that way about his colleagues.  

My point?  A degree doesn’t make you a great employee.  Passion, enthusiasm, and disposition does.  A deep love for your job does.  The way others feel when they’re around you does.  

I challenge business owners to just give someone with a disability a chance.  Go that extra mile to seek out someone who has the passion for just one task at your company.  Special needs individuals give 110%.  They don’t complain.  They’re happy all the time.  They never miss work.  They don’t ask for time off.  They spread joy and inspiration.  And they’ll do anything for anybody.  Who wouldn’t want an employee like that?

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Recruiting Specialist
vastrecruiting@gmail.com
www.VastRecruiting.com

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I’m the founder of V.A.S.T and the owner of Business Virtual Services, LLC. For the last 6 years, I have been working with business owners of all industries.  I connect to all my clients on a personal and professional level, and over time I’ve grown as a professional.  I’ve come to realize that I really love working with people.  I have a great sense of how people relate to business and how their work ethic and personality can fiercely effect whether they succeed or not.

Because of these amazing experiences, I knew it was time for my business to grow by offering recruiting services for business owners.  In today’s world with constant job hopping, immature attitudes, social media obsessions, and a lack of work ethic, I think it’s extremely important to take the time to find perfect employees.

Due to my experience and the frustration I’ve seen/heard from my clients, I know that making more of an effort and spending a little more money & time on certain business decisions has a long-lasting effect on the company as a whole.

I plan to dedicate my time supporting business owners as they take the journey into finding AND keeping great employees.

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2) To advance amazing talent by finding the best job opportunity that fits them. Both of these reasons have the employer AND the employee in mind.  We also provide support to HR departments.

Companies have to understand how important it is to treat their employees with respect, and they need to learn how to manage incredible talent, motive their staff, engage their teams, express their appreciation, and retain the employees they so badly want to keep. WE CAN HELP.

Employers / Business Owners:  Do you know your WHY?  Why did you start your business?  Why are you looking to hire?  Why do you do what you do every day? Why are you looking for recruiting help?  Why are you growing your business?  Why do you want to find the perfect candidates?

The costs associated with hiring a new employee:

1.  Includes advertising, interviewing, screening, and hiring.

2.  Includes training and management time.

3.  Lost productivity – taking a new employee 1 or 2 years to reach productivity of an existing person.

4.  Lost engagement – other employees who see high turnover tend to disengage and lost productivity.

5.  Customer service errors – new employees take longer and are often less adept at solving problems.

Do you want to lose money, productivity, and employee moral because you’re simply not hiring the right people?

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Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Recruiting Specialist
vastrecruiting@gmail.com
www.VastRecruiting.com