Top 10 Myths of Hiring People with Disabilities - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Top 10 Myths of Hiring People with Disabilities

Show Answer Employees with disabilities require expensive specialized equipment

Not everyone with a disability requires specialized equipment and where it is necessary, most job accommodations are simple and inexpensive—more than half cost nothing at all. The most frequent job accommodations are modified duties or hours of work. In fact, 80 per cent of accommodations cost less than $500 according to a survey by the Job Accommodation Network Canada. And, the Alberta Government’s Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) program can be used to help purchase this equipment.

Show Answer Employees with disabilities are frequently absent from work

Employees with disabilities have the same or better attendance records as other employees according to studies by organizations like DuPont. Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer employs more than 40 people with disabilities at his seven restaurants. In 2011, none of his employees with disabilities missed a single day of work. Workers with disabilities also tend to stay longer on the job. A US Chamber of Commerce study revealed that workers with disabilities had an 80 per cent lower turnover rate.

Show Answer My Worker’s Compensation premiums will rise if I hire someone with a disability

Worker’s Compensation rates are based on the hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident record—not on how many employees have disabilities. A study by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers showed that 90 per cent of the 279 companies surveyed reported no effect on insurance costs as a result of hiring workers with disabilities.

Show Answer If they don’t work out, I can’t discipline or fire them

Employing a person with a disability is the same as any other worker. You must establish clear performance expectations from the start. If they are unable or unwilling to do the job, you can discipline or terminate their employment. There are no special laws that prevent you from disciplining or terminating an employee who is unable or unwilling to do their job. Alberta’s Human Rights Act does require employers to accommodate the needs of employees with disabilities, but only if those accommodations do not cause undue hardship to the employer.

Show Answer People with disabilities are more likely to have accidents

A study by DuPont found that people with disabilities actually have a lower risk of injury at work. The US Department of Labor also found through four national studies that people with disabilities experience fewer disabling injuries than the average employee exposed to the same hazards. More than 40 per cent of the employees in Walgreens’ Connecticut and South Carolina distribution centres have disabilities, but these two centres have 40 per cent fewer safety incidents than their other locations. Despite employing more than 80 people with disabilities over 18 years, Tim Hortons franchisee Megleen Inc. is yet to file an insurance claim for a work-related injury for one of its employees who have a disability. Source: Rethinking Disability in the Private Sector

Show Answer They will always need help

People with disabilities are more independent than you might think. They have learned to live their lives and complete a myriad of daily tasks despite any challenges they may have. Have a frank discussion with your current or potential employee about the job requirements and if they would like or need any assistance to complete them.

Show Answer It’s risky to interview someone with a disability, because it’s so easy to break human rights laws

Interviewing someone with a disability isn’t any different than interviewing anyone else—just focus on the requirements of the job and their ability to do the job. Tell them about the job and ask if they are able to complete all of the required tasks. They may tell you that they are unable to perform some of the tasks or require some sort of accommodation or equipment, but as long as you stick to the job requirements, you’ll be fine.

Show Answer People with disabilities don’t have the skills or education that I need

The majority of people with disabilities have a high school diploma, over half have some post-secondary education, and more than one in three have a post-secondary diploma.

Show Answer People with disabilities are unable to meet performance standards

DuPont conducted a survey of 811 employees with disabilities and found 90 per cent rated average or better in job performance. A similar DuPont study which involved 2,745 employees with disabilities found that 92 per cent of employees with disabilities rated average or better on their performance.

Show Answer Individuals with disabilities are not as productive or don't work as hard as employees without disabilities

A Louis Harris and Associates survey of 920 American employers revealed that employees with disabilities have about the same productivity levels as employees without disabilities. Some 90 per cent were rated as average or above average in performance of job duties. Nearly 80 per cent of the managers also said that their employees with a disability work as hard as or harder than their employees without a disability. An Australian study found similar results.

Created: 2014-07-31
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