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Building a Competitive Edge

Hiring and retaining qualified employees is the number one staffing issue cited by employers—a concern that will become more pressing as we begin to feel the crunch of a shrinking and aging and shrinking workforce. To remain competitive, employers are looking beyond the traditional labor sources to access skilled, qualified candidates. This includes focusing their recruitment efforts on alternative sources of available job candidates, including those who are traditionally under-represented.

Find helpful resources on labor market information and demographic trends, flexible work arrangements such as telework, and the economic and other benefits to employers when they recruit, hire, and retain people with disabilities.

Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities

The successful employment of people with disabilities starts with active recruitment and an understanding of the legal environment in which hiring takes place. The recruitment process can be made easier by understanding how hiring people with disabilities can increase diversity and further an organization’s mission or a business’s bottom line. Learn more about the practical and legal aspects of recruiting and hiring people with disabilities as well as recent research.

Employing People with Disabilities

Once an employee with a disability is a part of the workplace, there are many resources available to provide accommodations and help maintain productivity. In addition, many employees who experience an illness or injury can remain on the job if an employer has an understanding of the value of retention and the availability of accommodations. Employers can save time and money by tapping into available resources on retaining employees after an illness or injury. Find resources and information on workplace accommodations and other relevant issues.

Advancing the Federal Government as a Model Employer

The goal of increasing employment for people with disabilities can best be achieved by tapping on resources and information already available to make the job easier. Armed with these resources for federal managers, you will find solutions and be better equipped to sort through the maze of disability employment issues from recruiting and accommodation to retention and applicable laws and regulations.

Workplace Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for an emergency in which employees must be sheltered or evacuated is an increasing necessity in light of recent natural and man-made disasters. Too often, however, the needs of people with disabilities are not considered in this planning. The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities has developed a set of resources to help individuals, organizations, and employers develop plans for emergencies that include people with disabilities. Find these resources, including Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities, a publication that provides practical guidelines for including people with disabilities in workplace emergency preparation.

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