The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a report titled Improving the participation rate of people with targeted disabilities in the federal workforce.
Long title aside, the report offers all employers some concrete suggestions for increasing the hiring rate of individuals with disabilities, a chronically underemployed segment of the population. These recommendations include some that you probably have already thought of (establish a task force, train your managers, recruit broadly) but also include some you may not have:
- Ensure hired individuals can perform the essential functions of the position (so you don't set people up for failure)
- Use a panel interview to minimize bias of a single individual (which we know is a best practice for interviews generally)
- Use clear language and avoid jargon on job announcements (something we should be doing anyway)
- Encourage people with disabilities to self-identify and ensure confidentiality (your numbers may be artificially low)
There's a lot of good information and resources in the report that go beyond the federal workforce. Definitely worth checking out.