Become an Inclusive Employer

Why Become an Inclusive Employer?

There are lots of reasons to become an inclusive employer, some businesses are keen to diversify their workforce for the added life experience and skill set their employees will bring, others are interested in having an organisation that better reflects and can understand their customers, whatever your reasons, inclusive employment is good for business.

Good for your Business

Inclusive employment is good for your businesses because you are likely to:

  • Reduce your recruitment costs, as people with disabilities stay longer in jobs than non-disabled people.
  • Improve your customer good will and customer service. Having more accessible premises and an increase in knowledge of disability is good for all customers.
  • Be involved in innovation and creating new networks with opening your business up to innovation;
  • Experience an increase in loyalty from your customers. It has been shown that customers are more likely to be loyal to businesses that employ people with disabilities;
  • Attract and retain the best candidates from a wider pool of talent;
  • Your existing workers will not be disadvantaged should they acquire a disability;
  • Improve staff health and well-being –by considering the individual needs of all your staff.
  • Create better benefits for all your staff-everyone benefits from inclusive practices, not just workers with disabilities
  • Create better job satisfaction for all staff, improved staff loyalty and morale.
  • Have access to a skilled and experienced Disability Employment Services consultants;
  • Have access to financial incentives from the Government. These are available to all businesses so as support you to employ a person with a disability
  • Reduce the risk of claims of unlawful discrimination against your organisation

Equality and Equity

Most businesses would consider themselves an equal opportunities employer. However, as you can see from the picture below equality doesn’t always mean everyone has equal access.

Equality vs Equity

There are systemic barriers for people with a disability accessing employment. These include:

  • Lack of access to casual jobs or work experience whilst at school. School students with disabilities who do not have a part time job while at school have a 70 % less chance of gaining employment after school. This lack of supportive transition to work limits access to jobs.
  • There is limited access to training and further education for people with a disability.
  • The ambition drive and confidence of people with a disability to apply for jobs is affected by low societal expectations of them ever getting a job, which can be reinforced by lack of people with a disability in visible mainstream employment
  • Inaccessible workplaces, limited transport options, inflexible recruitment procedures and working arrangements all impact on an individual’s ability to apply, succeed and retain employment.
  • 19% of people with disability aged 15-24 years have experienced discrimination. In almost half of those instances, the source of discrimination was the employer.

For businesses to provide equal opportunities, they must first be equitable, and every employer has a role to play in creating a more inclusive society.

Contact Inclusive Towns

Register your retail business as an accessible business for people with a disability