Inclusive Hiring Opportunities for Kamloops Businesses
Helping Kamloops businesses solve problems with innovative and inclusive hiring solutions.
Are you a Kamloops employer looking for hardworking employees? Are you interested in cultivating a more diverse and inclusive workplace? You’ve come to the right Kamloops recruitment agency!
“Key benefits to employers of hiring people with developmental disabilities are their consistent attendance, low turnover, positive attitude, pride in the job and their positive impacts on diverse workplace culture and on the employer’s public image.”
Benefits of Inclusive Hiring
Beyond making a positive impact on someone’s life, there are several benefits to hiring someone with diverse abilities.
Hiring People with Disabilities Makes Good Business Sense
People with disabilities have lower turnover rates. In fact, people with disabilities have 3x higher retention rates. These lower turnover rates can result in an average savings of $3,000 per new hire.
Employees with disabilities have better safety records. 98% of people with disabilities have an average (or better) safety record and outperform their non-disabled colleagues in worksafe principles, such as taking less chances on the job and following the rules.
Employees with diverse abilities have better attendance. 86% of workers with a disability rate average (or better) in attendance compared to their non-disabled colleagues. The Canadian economy loses an estimated $16.6 billion annually due to absenteeism. A better attendance record can mean big savings and less headaches for business owners.
Working with individuals with diverse abilities offers new perspectives. People with disabilities have lived experiences that give them different perspectives which often results in innovative thinking and strategies.
Positive Impact on Company Culture and Image
Hiring people with disabilities is a tangible example of valuing diversity and good corporate citizenship.
Inclusive hiring provides a positive corporate image. People want to feel good about the places they support! Being seen as a socially-aware business creates a positive work environment and is something that is valued by both employees and customers.
In fact, 87% of people indicated that they would prefer to support a business that hires people with disabilities.
Lower turnover rates help to build a positive company culture, where building relationships and sharing of expertise flourish.
Adjustments often improve the overall workplace. Many of the accommodations made for people with disabilities improve the working environment for all employees or customers.
Inclusive hiring can increase company morale, increase employee engagement, create a more welcoming environment for all employees, and help supervisors and management become more effective leaders through learning transferable skills to work with a diverse range of employees.
Having a Positive Impact on People and the Community
By employing people with diverse abilities, you are making a positive difference in the lives of the employees, your other workers, and the community as a whole.
People with disabilities represent the largest minority group. 1 in 6 Canadians identifies as having a disability, so hiring people with disabilities helps to fill the employers’ responsibility to reflect the market they serve. After all, at 1 in 6, people with disabilities represent a large population with significant purchasing power.
Make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Having a job allows people to be contributing members of society and feel valued and welcomed by the community. Meaningful employment increases quality of life by offering income, building new skills and confidence, increasing self-esteem, meeting new people, creating social connections, fostering a sense of belonging, and offering independence.
Employing people with disabilities changes perceptions in the community. By increasing their visibility within the community, employers who hire people with diverse abilities help to change people’s perception of what they are capable of.
Meet some of the amazing job seekers we work with and see how our employment connections have helped both them and business owners in Kamloops!
Why Work With SMART Options?
SMART Options offers unique recruitment services for Kamloops employers that are totally FREE OF CHARGE!
We offer recruitment, training, and retention services at no cost. Our goal is to save you time and money while improving your workplace and acting as a reliable resource for the ongoing success of the employees you hire.
Employers can think of SMART Options as an extension of their human resources team, working to find inclusive hiring solutions while ensuring employee success.
Customized Employment Experts
We are customized employment experts! SMART Options works with employers to identify opportunities to increase productivity, profitability, and enhance services by assigning some tasks to a newly created position.
We then pre-screen all applicants so that we can match our job seekers with positions where their strengths and talents can shine, so that both the employee and employer can truly benefit.
Customized employment is a win-win solution and can lead to increased customer satisfaction.
SMART Options also:
hosts job fairs;
assists with the hiring, on-boarding, and orientation process;
provides on-the-job support;
helps with employee evaluation and job enhancement opportunities; and
offers workplace diversity training.
Current SMART Option Employee STATS:
80 clients successfully employed in a variety of different jobs in Kamloops.
50% have been in their position for 5 or more years.
90% have been in their position for a year or longer.
SMART Options services also include:
On-the-job support and coaching
Employee evaluation assistance
Payroll administration support
Workplace diversity training for other employees
Assistance with filling scheduling needs
Assistance with employee job enhancement opportunities
Ongoing support for both the employer and job seeker
Work with SMART Options
We pride ourselves on offering high-quality services to employers. We work with many small businesses in the Kamloops area, have been working with many of the same employers for over 20 years, and spend considerable time building relationships in the community. Because of this, we understand the local labour market.
Some employers are unsure or nervous to hire people with developmental disabilities. We understand! SMART Options exists to make this a smooth process and to show employers that hiring people with diverse abilities is easier than they think. We are here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have.
As a small business in Kamloops, we understand what it takes to be an entrepreneur and run a business. We are here to help and support you every step of the way.
Are you interested in seeing how inclusive hiring will help your business? Let SMART Options get to know your business and see how we can help you.