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Supported employment builds diversity in Irish workplaces.

Repeated studies around the world have shown that a diverse workforce leads to increased productivity, innovation and improved business performance.

Supported employment supports people with disabilities to get and keep a job in the local labour market.

And it works for employers too.

It helps employers to access a new pool of motivated and dedicated employees.

“The service is very, very good. It is tailored and targeted. It is a very positive experience.”

– Greg Davidson, Employer, The Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna

Potential employees are matched to the employer’s specific needs by an experienced supported employment professional.

Diversity makes good business sense

Apart from helping employers to find the right candidates for their job vacancies, there is a growing body of research that shows inclusive workforces perform better than workforces where diversity is low.

The Porterhouse (from photo montage of Job Shadow Day 2014)

The Porterhouse (from photo montage of Job Shadow Day 2014)

  • Research has shown that, given a choice, customers prefer to do business with a company they see as fair and caring.
  • Diverse workforces are more representative of the general public and therefore more appealing to a wider customer base
  • Diversity in the workforce increases productivity and innovation amongst the entire workforce.
  • A 2012 research report from Deloitte found a very strong link between an inclusive workforce and increased business performance. It identified an 80 per cent improvement in business performance in teams when levels of diversity and inclusion were high.
  • Another study by the American Sociology Association found that for every one per cent rise in diversity in the workforce, there is a three to nine per cent rise in sales revenue
  • Researchers Horwitz and Horwitz reviewed 20 years of research on team diversity in 2007 and identified a positive relationship between diversity and team performance

“People with disabilities are not looking for special treatment; they are looking for a fair chance to get or keep a job.”

– Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Kathleen Lynch.

Your business reputation

Any employer will know that the reputation of their business in the community is important to its success.

Introducing real inclusive recruitment through supported employment gives a business a reputational edge as it is seen to not only be ‘talking the talk’, but very much ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to fair social policies.

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