Rotary at work: Employment for people with disabilities


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Rotarians have made amazing accomplishments around the world in the fights to end polio, eradicate land mines, and help resolve conflicts. Today, there are 1.2 billion people with disabilities living in the world, many of whom are the survivors of these battles. Learn about an initiative that is sweeping Canada, showing businesses how they can benefit from hiring people with disabilities while helping people live full and meaningful lives.

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  • This is Noel Dunn
    Noel was trained as an Electrical Engineer and previous to his disability worked at GM as a Sr Design Engineer doing electrical plant layouts
    Noel lost his vision due to Macular Degeneration and with that he also lost his job
    This could be anyone in this room today. We could all unwillingly join this minority by virtue of accident or injury (personal association)
    A year ago, with the help of Northern Lights, Rotarian Howard Humphries hired Noel to work at MTC, an electronics manufacturing and repair plant in Whitby
    When I spoke to Noel and asked him what this job meant to him he replied: “This job has given me back my life. I was afraid I’d never work again”.
    The cost to accommodate Noel was $600 for a lrg scn reader
    Noel has moved from soc assist recipient to taxpayer
  • Joe or Jenn
  • Ask people to call out answers
    Add examples where appropriate
    E.g. Accommodations:
    Fewer than 4% of people require any accommodations at all so it’s a relatively small number of people and on average a small cost.

    E.g. Attendance:
    Mark “the job is precious. They’ve worked so hard to get it they respond with loyalty”
  • Safety is the biggest myth and it’s just not true.
    Joe: “Mark in your 15 years in business and over 50 employees with disabilities, how many WSIB claims have you had?”

    Mark: “None, and I wish I could say the same about the rest of my employees”

    Joe: “Mark what is the average tenure in your business?” Mark: “1 year and 3 months”
    Joe: “and for your employees who have a disability?”
    Mark: “7 years.
    Joe: And what’s the average turnover rate for Tims stores in the GTA?
    Mark 75 – 80%
    Joe – And in your stores? Mark – 35%
    And that saves me money. The cost of advertising and recruitment, uniform costs, the lost productivity during training and getting up to job performance levels – all cost money and this is a tangible benefit so I’m more profitable even though my competitors may be good operators.
    And it’s just not the disabled employees who don’t turn over, the non disabled employees don’t turn over as much either. They recognize that the workforce is inclusive, that everyone is respected and has a role and they want to be part of that something special.
  • How Mark got started
    Good story focusing on a successful first hire and the importance of the community agency in the relationship – coaching, trouble shooting, etc.

    Clint married his high school sweetheart and later bought his own condo. He’s living the life and dreams we want for ourselves and all our children

    (happy outcome all around)
  • Video
  • Joe
    Walgreens – the largest retail chain in the US has introduced a hiring formula in their distribution centers – 1 person w a disability for every 3 hires. Their new distribution centre in Indiana has 700 employees, 280 who have a disability. That centre’s productivity rate is 20% higher than their national average. Their credo “If we can’t do it, who can?”
    Customers like it
    We hear positive stories from customers time and time again, applauding businesses for ‘doing the right thing’
  • In the last 2 ½ years, Rotarians have stepped up and hired over 100 people who have a disability just based on these presentations
    Dave Sweet Dave was hired just over a year ago as a part-time lot attendant at MC Saturn. After just 3 months, seeing Dave’s potential and reliability he was promoted to a full time lube technician.
    When Dave started in the shop we noticed that, all of a sudden, the productivity of our other service staff improved – they didn’t want to be outdone by Dave.
    And all this in spite of the turmoil that GM and their dealerships were undergoing. In fact, when Ray & Anne lost their Saturn dealership, they had to let their entire sales team go, and many of their service staff. But they kept Dave.
    Dave is dependable and flexible. He always shows up to work, even on Mondays, when our mechanics are most likely to call in, and he is very flexible. He’ll do whatever we ask and when he’s not busy, he looks for things to do. We don’t have to be on him like some of the others.

  • Rotarians can help build awareness, increasing an understanding of this issue and its significance in our community

    Rotarian Jeff Callery was not in a position to hire people who have a disability. He has, however, organized a lunch and learn for his 10 top clients so that we had the opportunity to spread the word about this issue and the good work that Rotary is doing

    I’m sure someone in this room could get us on the agenda for a presentation with their Chamber of Commerce or Business Improvement Association

    Some Rotarians have helped us get information printed in their trade and professional publications and corporate newsletters

    It’s really about leveraging your position in the business community to open doors and create opportunities.
  • In the same way, students who have disabilities have been shut out of the workforce in terms of summer and after school jobs. These kids are graduating without a resume or those important experiences that help them determine a career path.
    Some of you may already provide co-op opportunities for high school students who have disabilities
    The challenge I believe is to make these more realistic and raise the expectations you have for these positions.
    Some should parlay into after school and summer jobs
    There are also many students in colleges and universities who are pursuing professional careers. These students need mentors, opportunities to add experience to their resumes and again, summer jobs to help pay for their education
    At the same time, you may find potential employees from a new talent pool, in a very risk-free way
  • Rotary at Work

    TDL initiative
  • Those who have had positive hiring experiences can leverage their positions within their parent corporations

    Tell TDL story
    Mark contacted his corporate head office and got us an audience with their HR dept. As a service wkr, it could have taken me years to get through this door.
    As a result we have developed a complete education program that is on their internal portal for all franchise owners and we have presented to store owners groups on 6 occasions. Many Tim Hortons stores have hired people who have a disability as a result.
    All because Mark took the initiative to leverage his role in the business.

  • How Mark got started
    Good story focusing on a successful first hire and the importance of the community agency in the relationship – coaching, trouble shooting, etc.

    Clint married his high school sweetheart and later bought his own condo. He’s living the life we want for ourselves and all our children

    (happy outcome all around)
  • Joe or Jenn if comfortable with this.

    In summary, we believe that including people who have a disability in the workforce has a whole lot of benefits – to the person who gets the job, to the economy and the community

    But most of all, there is a business opportunity here – to ensure you can meet future labour needs and to capture a quickly growing market segment.

    Including people who have a disability in your recruitment strategies and candidate pool is smart business.
  • Rotary at work: Employment for people with disabilities

    1. 1. 2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Rotary at Work An Initiative of Districts: 7070, 7080, 6400, 6290, & 7040 – Ontario 5040 & 5050 – British Columbia
    2. 2. The Issue !
    3. 3. • Polio Immunization • Land Mine Eradication • Malaria and Infectious Disease Control • Maternal Health • Water and Sanitation • Disaster Relief • Conflict Resolution Rotary Does Fantastic Work
    4. 4. • 1.3 Billion people with disabilities • Between 15% & 17% in developed countries • Higher in countries with extreme poverty, disease and a history of conflict What Happens to the Survivors?
    5. 5. • People with disabilities: – Live in poverty – Are marginalized and socially isolated – Are excluded from the economy – Face the highest unemployment rates – Are perceived to be a burden on society – Cost tax-payers Billions in social safety nets What Happens to the Survivors?
    6. 6. • People with disabilities: – 15.9% of the Canadian population – Equates to 6.2 million people – Largest minority in the country – Face an estimated 70% unemployment rate – Direct social assistance costs exceed $20 B – Additional $ in social programs & health care – People are excluded socially and economically The Canadian Context
    7. 7. The Solution!
    8. 8. Rotary at Work Finding meaningful jobs while Enhancing Business Performance
    9. 9. Noel
    10. 10. Our goal is simple: To introduce you to a source of dependable, reliable, long-term employees
    11. 11. Dispelling the Myths • A DuPont study showed that (50%, 65%, 82%, 90%) of workers who have a disability scored average or above average in performance ratings. • A Harris study showed that (28%, 33%, 46%, 55%) of employers say that workers who have a disability work harder than other employees. • Most job accommodations cost less than $ (5,000, 3,000, 1,000, 500). • According to the DuPont survey, (86%, 75%, 66%, 50%) of employees who have a disability have average to above average attendance records.
    12. 12. Dispelling the Myths • (97%, 90%, 85%, 78%) of workers who have a disability rate as average to above average in terms of safety on the job. • People who have a disability, their families and close relations comprise (53%,32%, 28%, 25%) of the marketplace. • Workers who have a disability are (2, 3, 4, 5) times more likely to stay on the job than other workers. • Less than (2, 6, 8, 12)% of people who have a disability use a wheelchair or scooter
    13. 13. Clint
    14. 14. Walgreens – South Carolina • Distribution Centre opened in 2006 • People who have a disability represent 40% of workforce – 280 out of 640 employees
    15. 15. Vi • Video – Walgreens A Warehouse of Wonders Rm7bM
    16. 16. Walgreens – Connecticut • 47% of Workforce • Highest productivity rating of all DCs • 40% lower safety incident rate • 67% lower medical treatment costs • 63% lower time away • 78% lower overall employee costs
    17. 17. Disability in the Workforce Benefits: • Productivity • Improved employee moral • Improved management skills • Greater loyalty and dedication • Good corporate profile • Customers like it
    18. 18. Kelly
    19. 19. What Can Rotarians Do?
    20. 20. Consider Disability When Hiring • Hire – 337 jobs • Part-time jobs • Full time jobs • Summer jobs Dave
    21. 21. Help Build Awareness • Education is key • Leverage your connections – Lunch & Learn sessions for Business Associates – Chambers of Commerce & BIA – Trade & Professional Associations – Club Vocational Program
    22. 22. Mentor Students • High School & Co-op Students • Students at College & University – Mentor in your profession – Summer jobs in a given profession – Create opportunities for your business to access new talent
    23. 23. Be a Rotary at Work Champion!
    24. 24. Rotary at Work Mark Wafer
    25. 25. Promote with Parent Corporations • TDL (Tim Hortons) – Open doors – Educational program – Speaker opportunities – Contact colleagues – Over 400 hires Tanya
    26. 26. Rotary at Work
    27. 27. • Hired • Promoted in his community • Promoted with other businesses • Influenced his professional association Steve Sharpe
    28. 28. • Economic independence • A sense of purpose and meaning • Greater dignity, self worth & confidence • Improved health and well being • Broader social networks • Opportunity to give back Benefits for People
    29. 29. • More contributors to the economy • Reduced social costs • Lower associated problems and costs • Improved tolerance and understanding • Reduce burden on individual families Benefits for Community & Society
    30. 30. Benefits for Business • Increase Market Share – New products and services – Reach new customers • Meet Labour Needs – Access an untapped labour pool – Solve specific labour problems
    31. 31. What We’re Asking From You • Help people who have a disability become contributors in your community • Demonstrate leadership within the community when it comes to including people who have a disability in the workforce
    32. 32. Video – Rotary at Work v=iLrOq9yALYo
    33. 33. For more information contact: Joe Dale Mark Wafer