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– The key to retaining and advancing disabled workers is to have in place a disability-focused employee network—such as an employee resource group or affinity group—say the 54 percent of human resource professionals who ranked the practice “very effective.”
The findings are included in part three of the three-part
joint surveyreleased today by the
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the
Cornell University ILR School Employment and Disability Institute (EDI),
under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
The findings show:
Also notable is the data specific to the career development of workers with disabilities:
“It is critical that management be provided the insight and tools to in turn create real career opportunities for workers with disabilities,” said
Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, professor of disability studies, and director of the EDI at the Cornell University ILR School.
The findings show that only nine percent of organizations represented in the survey
include in senior-management performance appraisals the progress toward retention and advancement goals for employees with disabilities.
“Don’t forget basics and don’t make assumptions—be sure supervisors know where to find needed information about specific accommodations when an employee with a disability inquires,” said Bruyère.
Nearly one in five—23 percent—of HR professionals said a supervisor’s knowledge of what accommodations to make can be a barrier to retaining and advancing employees with a disability.
Information resources include the
Cornell ILR EDI website (http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi) and the SHRM Disability Employment Resource Page (http://www.shrm.org/disabilityemployment).
Mark Schmit, vice president of research at SHRM said: “Metrics are also important but underused based on survey responses. As the old adage goes, what gets measured gets done.”
Less than one-third, or 32 percent, of respondents said their organization tracks data on accommodations such as the type or cost.
The survey includes responses from 662 HR professionals from SHRM’s membership.
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 Cornell University is funded by NIDRR as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (grant no. H133B100017).
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