When you invest in a diverse workforce, you build a team that has a depth of talent, innovation, and dedication not found in non-inclusive workforces. The more diverse your team is, the more skillful and innovative they will be in accomplishing the goals and resolving the challenges you set before them.
People with disabilities are often overlooked as a source of the talent, innovation, and dedication that mark exceptional work teams. According to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta,
"Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation."
The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace
Companies benefit in many ways from investing in a diverse workforce:
Access to talent
An untapped pool of talent is available to companies that focus on skills rather than stereotypes.
Unique problem-solving skills come from employees with diverse experiences.
Increased engagement and retention
Employee loyalty and enthusiasm are marks of team members who feel included.
Customers value companies that show a real commitment towards inclusion.
Benefits for everyone
Everyone benefits from an inclusive workplace, not just those with a disability.*
Tools to Inspire You
Including people with disabilities in the workplace is good for companies and the communities they thrive in. Whether you’re just starting on your journey to create an inclusive workplace, or are looking for fresh perspectives and tools to inspire you, check out these resources: