Yesterday was the UN International Day of People with Disability, a date in the calendar which reminds us to think about how we make people with a disability welcome into our businesses, both as colleagues and as customers.
Many small business managers are fearful of employing a person with a disability, thinking that they will take a lot of time off sick or be unreliable, but nothing could be further from the truth.
An employee with a disability can be a positive asset to your business in the same way as any other staff member. This article provides some interesting thoughts about some of the benefits to small businesses of employing people with disabilities:
What is essential is that you understand the legal framework that is designed to help you to employ a person with a disability fairly and safely, and that you put into place a clear policy and make reasonable adjustments in discussion with that employee.
If you don’t have a policy in place, or feel that yours needs to be revised, you might find this short online course useful to update your knowledge about this important topic: