Thursday, October 29, 2009

In business, the investment that drives innovation is talent.

The knowledge, skills and abilities employees bring to work each day are by far the assets that yield the most output over the long term. Whether good economic times or bad, it’s the organizations that know how to identify and recognize talent that are most likely to succeed.

To access the widest pool of talent, employers must foster an inclusive and flexible work culture that considers the needs of all employees and potential employees, including those with disabilities. Such universal thinking not only helps recruit skilled employees, but also enhances corporate continuity efforts by helping employers retain the talents of an aging workforce. When it comes to doing business, being inclusive of people with disabilities—in recruitment, retention and advancement—can offer companies a competitive edge. People with disabilities are experienced problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt. What’s more, they mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base.


Job accommodations for people with disabilities are usually low cost or no cost. A recent study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) revealed that 56 percent of workplace accommodations cost absolutely nothing, Of those accommodations that did have a cost, the typical one-time expenditure by employers was $6oo.

If you are an employer and want more information about good workplace practices for all employees, including those with disabilities, links to a world of resources can be found at the What Can you Do campaign website.

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