People with disabilities often have a hard time finding a job. It’s mainly because employers either think that disabled individuals are likely to underperform or they don’t want to spend money on making workplace adjustments for people with special needs. However, this group of people represents an untapped workforce and their potential productivity can certainly boost the growth of a company.
Pool of talent: Since the disabled make up about 3% of Singapore’s population, our city has a fair amount of talent that is underused. Giving a chance to the disabled population would create a wider pool of candidates.
Productive workforce: As with anyone else, people with disabilities can be trained for skill development. With an enhanced set of skills, they bring more productivity and motivation to the organisation. As companies become aware of the capabilities of the disabled, more are hiring these individuals with open arms.
Low employee turnover: Since it is difficult for the disabled to find jobs, they are more likely to stay with a company in the long term. According to one report, employing a disabled person can cost businesses up to 13% less due to decreased absenteeism and increased loyalty.
Government support: Targeted at companies open to hiring disabled people, Singapore’s Open Door Programme provides support in hiring, training and integrating these individuals in the workplace. There’s also the Special Employment Credit scheme that incentivises companies to hire the disabled, where a credit of up to 16% of a disabled worker’s wages is given to the company.
Considering the many benefits, hiring people with disabilities is a win-win situation for both parties. This is something to keep in mind the next time a job opens up at the office.