Accessible Workplaces Are Better Workplaces

There are many benefits to becoming an inclusive employer and to hiring people who identify as having a disability. Committing to enhancing your employees’ work environment creates a happier, healthier and more productive culture for your entire team.
Not sure where to start? We are here to help.

 

Benefits for Employers

There are numerous benefits in diversifying your workforce and working with students is a great way to become a more inclusive employer. Some of these benefits include:

  • Finding a solution to the shrinking workfore by tapping into a highly skilled, often overlooked candidate pool

  • Enhancing brand image and attracting a wider, more varied consumer base

  • Statistics demonstrate that employees with disabilities bring proven talent to the workforce and increase retention rates

  • Onboarding employees can be intensive. We want employers to be in a position where they can provide the best experience for our participants. Your business may qualify for wage subsidies contact us to learn more. 

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How Can AccessWork Help Us?

At CanAssist we realize that increasing diversity at your organization is not always easy. Where do you start?, What can you do?, and how can we make our processes better aligned with our employees' needs? aren't easy questions to answer and the process can be daunting at times. AccessWork provides job coaches that are well versed in supporting persons that identify as having a disability to advocate for their needs and can mediate between all parties to ensure everyone is set up for success.

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How Does That Work?

We can meet you where you are at. The process could start as soon as you onboard one of our AccessWork participants. We will contact you and will set up an initial meeting to develop an accommodation plan that works for everyone involved. Did you know that the majority of people who identify as having a disability or mental health challenges do not require accommodations but benefit from a supportive environment?  

 

We can also support employers in a more exploratory capacity and are happy to consult with employers who are interested in hiring staff with diverse needs but are not sure where to start. We can provide strategies for putting in place policies and processes which ensure more inclusive environments for when you are ready to hire.

A TeenWork participant, PS Work's sister program completing her work experience with VanCity.