SHRM to Assist in National Research on Employer Hiring Practices

Nov 5, 2010

Five-year study of employment of people with disabilities receives $4 million grant

Alexandria, Va., – Nov. 5, 2010 – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will contribute research to a study of the employment of people with disabilities, which is being supported by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Led by Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute in the ILR School, eight organizations, including SHRM, will participate in the five-year project that examines employer practices and the effects they have on the employment and career development of people with disabilities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to shed light on the steps that employers have made over the past decade in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace,” said Evren Esen, SHRM’s manager of survey research. “In addition, this study will enhance additional SHRM research efforts that are specifically focused on recruiting and retaining veterans with disabilities in the U.S. workforce.”

SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, will survey its members about leading practices in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities and the barriers.

SHRM’s research, which will be conducted in 2011, is one of 13 research efforts included in the Cornell-led project that hopes to identify ways to improve employer practices and thus increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce. The research will lead to an online tool designed to assess the effectiveness of recruiting and retention practices.

In a similar partnership in 1999, SHRM polled 813 of its members, finding that 50 percent of employers actively recruited people with disabilities. Eight out of 10 organizations had changed the questions they asked during job interviews, and 82 percent made interview locations accessible to people with disabilities, the previous survey found.

Data from new research will be compared to previous results and analyzed by SHRM to identify emerging issues in employment.

SHRM has been conducting important research on workplace practices for more than 60 years. For more information, visit:


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