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Hiring individuals with multiple abilities

6 Jan 2020


So often the hiring process focuses on what people can’t do, rather than what they can do. Although this might seem like the most efficient way to screen candidates, it is a “glass half-empty” approach that overlooks the potential of many candidates. Regardless of race, age or gender, individuals with disabilities have the highest unemployment rate. Let’s change the language and the mindset around this issue.

Why not start with a glass half-full approach? The glass half-full perspective views individuals as having “multiple abilities” — a more inclusive way of looking at your available workforce. Many businesses are finding success in shifting to the multiple abilities approach. This is accomplished in a number of ways — reevaluating job skill requirements, using job coaches and providing reasonable accommodations.

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13065 Orono Parkway | Elk River, MN  55330
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