As a Deaf-owned company, one of Convo's cornerstones is creating opportunities for people with disabilities to thrive and succeed in their employment. We understand what it feels like to be excluded or left out of work opportunities. The linked articles below show the power of inclusion and how Convo VRI can help you achieve a more accessible and diverse workplace with solutions that just feel right.
People who have disabilities are the nation's largest minority group. This means there is a massive untapped market waiting for the right organization (like you!) to connect with them. The numbers do not lie.
Show Me the Math
A report identified 45 so-called accessibility champions [which] achieved on average: 28x higher revenue, 2x higher net income, and 30x better performance on economic profit margin. These eye-popping numbers can also be yours when you invest in employees with disabilities.
Be an Industry Leader in Diversity
Although 90% of companies claim to prioritize diversity, only 4% consider disability in their Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. This is an opportunity to bring in highly-qualified employees with disabilities to not only inspire innovation in your company but also set an industry standard in how to support employees with disabilities.
It Pays to be Inclusive
From a basic financial perspective, hiring people with disabilities can pay dividends just for the tax incentives. But being an inclusive employer creates advantages that go beyond a financial ledger. Nurturing and supporting a workforce that knows you got their back will lead to a strong culture, higher employee morale, and better retention.
Higher Retention Rates
By developing intentional strategies to attract job seekers with disabilities and ensuring that they feel supported and included once they're on the job, employers can leverage the skills and perspectives of this rich pool of individuals. When employees with disabilities feel like they are part of the company culture, they demonstrate higher loyalty to their employers.
Available Talent Pool
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people with disabilities were disproportionately affected by job loss at the height of the pandemic, with the unemployment rate for this group rising to 12.6% in 2020, up from 7.3% in the previous year. These figures represent people who were unemployed, available for work, and actively looking for a job in 2020, which suggests that people with disabilities are the greatest untapped talent pool available today.
“It’s time we busted some myths about hiring people with disabilities,” said SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “We’re talking about a high-quality talent pool that remains untapped and underemployed for no good reason. We must continue fighting for diverse, inclusive workplaces because the future of the American workforce depends on sustainable employment opportunities for all.” Your organization can take the lead in eliminating this myth that has affected people with disabilities for far too long.
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Work Culture Where Anyone Can Succeed
Millions of people with disabilities are ready to put their skills and talents to work for companies like yours, but you can't hang out a "help wanted" sign and expect them to beat down your door. By developing intentional strategies to attract job seekers with disabilities and ensuring that they feel supported and included once they're on the job, employers can leverage the skills and perspectives of this rich pool of individuals.
Diversity is a Factor
More than 3 out of 4 job seekers and employees (76%) report that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers.
Inclusion is an important part of an organization's health. Click here to learn more about how Convo VRI can support your efforts.
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