43% of small business owners report having job openings that are difficult to fill
Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities (OOD) says disabled workers are an “underutilized talent pool” that can help employers as they struggle to fill key positions.
The latest NFIB Optimism Index survey found that 43 percent of small business owners nationwide report having job openings that are difficult to fill. One-quarter of owners plan to increase compensation within the next three months.
OOD is the state of Ohio agency that provides employment services to individuals with disabilities to help them prepare for and succeed at work. Last year, OOD assisted 5,300 individuals with disabilities in finding employment. Once on the job, OOD helps increase worker retention by providing services needed to help employees succeed. OOD can also assist employees to stay on the job if they develop a disability through the aging process, an injury, an accident, or the onset of a medical condition.
“Hiring people with disabilities is a win-win for both the businesses and the people they hire,” the agency said in a statement. According to Accenture, companies that prioritize disability employment and inclusion achieve, on average, 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income, and 30 percent higher profit margins, as well as 30 percent lower staff turnover.
Staff from OOD’s Business Relations team can work with you to learn more about your hiring needs and source qualified candidates for your internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, and permanent positions. The team also offers customized education, resources, and training that promote an inclusive and diverse work environment, including the following:
- Inclusive Employer Toolkit
- Employer Tax Incentives Information
- No-Cost Workplace Accessibility Services
- Employer Webinars
In addition, businesses interested in making their locations more accessible and inclusive for individuals with disabilities may benefit from a new initiative through Governor DeWine’s Executive Budget called Accessible Ohio. Reach out to an Accessible Ohio Specialist in your area for a no-cost consultation.