Anxiety one of biggest obstacles to hiring people with disabilities: Study

Accommodation can make for engaged, committed workers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/09/2009

While most employers consider people with disabilities valuable assets in a workplace, anxieties over job accommodation or terminations often discourage them from hiring these candidates, according to a study.

More than one-third (36 per cent) of 100 HR executives said they are discouraged from hiring a person with a disability because of concern it is harder to dismiss the employee if he is underperforming, according to the study by the Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN) in Toronto.

Apprehensions about performance management are not surprising, said Sharon Myatt, an employer development consultant for JOIN who regularly hears this concern when she meets with employers.