Around 1 in 10 people have a disability. That’s 1 billion people in the world, myself included, who have valuable lived experience and irreplaceable transferable skills. Bua’s primary mission is to increase disability employment rates in the creative industry. One way to help achieve this is by offering consultancy sessions with companies like yours.
Being proactive about hiring disabled and neurodiverse people is fantastic. It’s always great to diversify your talent, but it can be daunting. You may even question if you’re making the right decision.
Don’t worry, you are.
Still unsure? Listed below are some of the best reasons you could have for hiring people from the disabled and neurodiverse communities.
- Untapped Potential
There is this wild misconception that disabled people don’t want to work. When in fact, many of us do. What we lack in opportunities, we make up in experience, qualifications, and transferable skills.
As a business, if you hire a disabled worker, you get to train someone who’s essentially a blank slate. You train your new hires anyway, regardless of their experience. That’s because every business works slightly differently.
What’s the harm in starting from scratch with a person you know is motivated, passionate and eager to contribute?
2. It’s Not That Expensive
I think there’s this misconception that if you hire a disabled person, you have to pay all these extra costs. Insurance, adaptations, paying for additional sick leave. This is mainly unfounded and is used as an excuse not to hire disabled people. This study found that the costs of employing disabled people were minimal.
3. Fresh Perspective
Continuing my previous point, according to some reports, disabled candidates were less likely to get hired due to reluctance on management’s part.
Hiring disabled workers promotes fresh thinking, empathy in the workplace and increased happiness of workers overall. (deloitte.com).
4. Reduce Turnover
I didn’t get my first job until I was twenty. I stayed with that company for six years. Disabled people value job security because we don’t know when we’ll be lucky enough to get hired again. Yes, I said lucky enough.
It stands to reason then that if you hire a disabled or neurodiverse person, you’re gaining a loyal worker while minimising turnover and future hiring costs.
5. Company Image
As a business, your image is everything. Show you care about who you’re hiring. Your consumers will thank you for it. As a disabled person, I always notice when I see another disabled person working. More importantly for you, I notice where they’re working. I’m always happy to be a repeat customer for companies trying to hire more diversely.
These are just a few reasons I can think of that can benefit you as a business. From what I’ve seen and experienced, companies that have hired disabled and neurodiverse people before are willing to do it again.
Disabled people aren’t asking you to overturn your whole workforce. We’re just asking you to consider us as serious, worthwhile candidates.
Bua was founded to increase disabled and neurodiverse employment and inclusion. Bua offers disability and neurodiversity workshops for organisations seeking to change their culture. Get in touch to book yours.
About the Author
Lauren is a freelance writer from Falmouth. After graduating from university, she took a keen interest in writing about disability, so her story and others like it could be told with passion and conviction.