Having worked in Employment Services over the past five years there’s a lot I have learned. I’ve learnt that a one size fits all system is flawed at best, I’ve learnt that not everyone wants to be helped, that I can’t help everyone, that the real world is scary and ugly, and that above all else – people living with some form of disability/injury/illness just want a fair go.
There is often a lot of confusion, and hesitation, when employers hear the word disability. The misconception around disability in Australia is alarming, to be classed as having a disability for work purposes there must be some sort of injury, illness or condition that has or does effect the person in their daily lives. In the past year alone I’ve worked with a range of clients from all backgrounds: mental health, physical injuries and disabilities, learning disabilities and ASD. Whilst the specific disabilities vary one thing hasn’t; the determination and desire that these people have to work.
Individuals living with a disability are more determined to succeed and are loyal. In the right environment, with support and patience, some of the very people that employers are hesitant to hire will become their most loyal, hard working team members. With some of my clients having lived their whole lives being forgotten, discriminated against or feeling as though they’ll never have a chance, something that most of us take for granted and sometimes even complain about will change their lives. Others may have worked for the first 30 years of their adult life and have suddenly found themselves in a position where they can no longer work in the job they’ve known their whole life.
When speaking to employers one of the most common concerns when it comes to staffing is the longevity of the employment placement. Employers want to hire staff that will stick around, staff that will put in 100% effort 100% of the time and want to do well. Does this sound like you? If it does, then perhaps you’ve been missing out of an entire demographic of people who want nothing more than to work and be valuable to their boss.
During my time working to assist those living with any kind of disability into work there’s one thing that is abundantly clear: with the right support and an employer who wants to see their employees succeed, disabled individuals become long term employees and boost workplace morale. If you’ve got your doubts, you can always read some myth busting on the topic of disability employment, or ask in the comment section below!
Want to get involved? Think it’s about time you diversified your workplace? The best starting point is approaching a local disability employment provider (the type of company I work for). If you’re looking for employee’s in Adelaide I’d be more than happy to help you out or suggest the best place for you to approach.
Disability employment providers work with both employers and jobseekers to move towards long term, sustainable employment. The case managers who work for these organisations are dedicated professionals who understand how to satisfy business and employee needs. Registered jobseekers with Disability providers are looking for work anywhere between 8 hours per week right up to full time, with a range of skills and previous experience. You’ll also be able to find jobseekers ranging from ages 14-65.
Not ready to take on an employee yet but still want to get involved? Great! Call your local provider (or get in contact with me) to discuss other ways you can get involved. Try hosting a work experience person for a couple of weeks, work experience is so valuable and so hard to come by!