Another under-researched impact of hiring youth with disabilities comes from employers re-examining the practices, job descriptions, and policies that make up the ‘way things are done around here’ mentality.
To illustrate, an organization considering hiring a youth with a disability may be asked by a job coach to explain different aspects of a posted job description. Often, during these discussions it becomes apparent that the job description does not necessarily reflect what the employer really wants to achieve, and prompts a rethinking of job descriptions, interview questions, and traditional ways of doing business. This leads to re-imagining roles and ways of doing things which can spark innovation and efficiencies.
There has never been a more relevant time for organizations to rethink how they do things in the time of Covid-19 and remote work practices. Far from a negative business cost, finding ways to reshape how you hire and organize work, can have tremendously positive impacts on an organization. This is one of the ways that diversity brings value to the bottom line.
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