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Recruiting people with physical or mental disabilities

12 February 2024 Employers
Sabine Goossens

How strongly does your company commit to hiring people with disabilities (physical or mental)? Committing to diversity not only makes you a sustainable employer, but the war for talent means it is also more important than ever to exploit every opportunity.

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Recruiting for talent

Attracting the right talent remains a key HR challenge for all companies. The tightening labour market means that employers will have to take a broader view and recruit for talent, even if that person has a physical or mental disability. And it seems that companies are increasingly realising this, as our recent survey figures show that almost 15% more people with disabilities are in employment than last year.

Disabilities are not a barrier to smooth integration in the workplace

Integrating people with disabilities into the workplace is by no means complex and definitely shouldn’t deter employers from giving them a chance. Companies simply have to implement some straightforward interventions to enable people with physical disabilities to perform the same tasks as people without. Moreover, there is a range of support measures available to companies. Yet we find that there is still a lot of ignorance about how to integrate or approach this target group. A few quick tweaks will take you a long way:

  • Make a deliberate effort to recruit people with disabilities: targeted vacancies, vacancies open only to this target group
  • Adjust the application process: shorter procedures, grouping tests on the same day
  • Adjust how work is organised
  • Make any appropriate arrangements in terms of policy on working from home

Committing to diversity and inclusion delivers a host of benefits

Recruiting people with disabilities is just one part of a bigger picture: actively engaging in diversity and inclusion is a sensible strategy. As well as arming yourself against the ongoing labour shortage, you can also boost your chances as an attractive employer in many other aspects:

  • You can recruit more broadly, giving you a better chance of bringing in talented employees
  • Your workforce will reflect the current population, increasing your organisation’s recognition, accessibility and support
  • Diversity will contribute to greater innovative and creative capacity
  • You will create an open and flexible corporate culture that makes working more enjoyable.

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