Quarterly NewsletterJanuary 18
Thank you for reading HireAbility Spokane’s first newsletter. This quarterly publication will highlight our most recent employment successes, news and events of interest to the business community, as well as workforce development tips and insights for employers.
SUCCESS STORIESIn the summer of 2016, HAS began documenting individuals with developmental disabilities, successfully employed in the Spokane region. Each one of these stories is unique, inspiring and exemplifies the value this untapped workforce brings to the work place, as well as the advantages of diversity in work environments.
Brian Walch: Kalispel Linen Services, Medical Linen Sorter/ TechnicianCurtis Bash, manager of Kalispel Linen Services knew when he interviewed Brian Walch, he had found a great match for the needs of his company.“He had a great attitude and was very positive when we met. Since then, Brian has lived up to all my expectations and more.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL SUCCESS STORY
DID YOU KNOW?
Top Reasons to Employ Someone With a Disability1. Return on Investment: Businesses that employ people with disabilities turn social issues into business opportunities. These opportunities translate into lower costs, higher revenues and increased profits.
- Reduce hiring and training costs while increasing retention rates.
- A large number of Americans say they prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities.
- Stimulate new product and service development through disability-inclusive diverse teams.
Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process1. Write Better Job Descriptions: Many companies write descriptions with lists of responsibilities and requirements that can alienate qualified employees.
- Focus on what your company can do for potential employees, and you’ll attract better candidate.
- A trait such as empathy would likely be much more important for a nurse than an accountant.
- Actively manage your brand by responding to reviews, updating the company’s profile and sharing updates on the company culture and work environment.
THANK YOUWe believe you will discover great value in taking proactive steps to include people with developmental disabilities in your next employee recruitment effort. HireAbility Spokane is here and ready to help you do this. Please contact Charly Walters at (509) 217-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an informational discussion about how HAS can partner with you to help diversify your workforce, strengthen your brand, and improve your bottom line.
Krem News did a great story on Jessica who works at Spokane Gymnastics. Hireability had facilitated and organized an interview event that the team at Spokane Gymnastics attended. When they met Jessica, it was a perfect fit. Watch the video above for the whole story...
Colin from Spokane Talks spoke with Charly Walters of Hireability Spokane and Stephen Eyman from WISE about how they help employers connect with job seekers who have developmental disabilities. The interview starts at 4:25.
HireAbility Spokane partnered with Gonzaga University in a special event that aimed to…
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