- Increase innovation
- Improved shareholder value
- Improved productivity
- Access to the supplier ecosystem
- Improved market share
You may be thinking “this sounds great, but won’t it cost a great deal of money to accommodate these workers?” A report from the Job Accommodation Network within the US Department of Labor showed two-thirds of “accommodation solutions” cost less than $500, with a quarter costing nothing. More than half of employers surveyed in the report said the accommodation benefited their organization and led to average gains of $5,000.
A survey undertaken by the National Business and Diversity Council in 2017 found that 66% of consumers will purchase goods and services from a business that features person with disabilities in their advertising, while 78% will purchase goods and services from a business that takes steps to ensure easy access for individuals with disables at their physical location.
Bottom line: persons with disabilities tend to be more brand loyal and also make more shopping trips and spend more per trip than the average consumer.
If you fear your blind spots may be impacting your organization’s ability to grow its workforce and succeed in all market segments, register for the next Chamber U: Diversity & Inclusion Series - Unconscious Bias: What it is, where it comes from, and why it matters. This session focuses on what we can do to avoid the negative impact or consequences of bias, how can we become more self-aware and learn to manage our filters, and identify and respond to microaggressions (verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights) in the workplace. Join us on the morning of June 13 at Brady Engineering Innovation Center.
Registration and information is available here: https://toledoohcoc.wliinc19.com/events/Chamber-U-Diversity-Inclusion-Series-Unconscious-Bias-What-it-is-where-it-comes-from-and-why-it-matters-1923/details