Don’t tell me a secret – I am hopeless at keeping them!
However, there’s one secret that, despite my best intentions seems still to avoid common knowledge.
The secret is just how good and how effective people that have a disability can be in their employment.
And, as you’ll see, the fact that this truth is still hidden from many employers is not for lack of publicity.
But first the problem to which my secret seems an obvious solution – finding and keeping good staff.
There is no single bigger headache for any employer than finding and keeping good staff and managing the day to day matters of human resource management. Good staff are the difference between success and failure.
There is a labour and skill shortage in Australia and so you’d think employers would quickly turn to the 720,000 people that receive the disability support pension as a potential pool of talent.
That’s not always so.
We have a historical problem in Australia and I think it stems from the fact that we used to call people that have a disability, ‘invalids’.
We said it very quickly so that it didn’t sound like in-valid, because we all know that that word means worthless and, so that no-one felt bad, we tried to make ‘invalid’ (said really fast) sound somehow noble, or at least worthy of pity.
What we didn’t do was suggest that here were a group of people who, while they maybe could never do certain parts of a role (the blind make poor drivers), nevertheless possessed specific talent and ability as good as, or better than, anyone else.
The problem with treating anyone like they are made of glass, or in some other way at risk, is that once the whole group have been made objects of pity or seen as the realm of charity, it’s very difficult to suddenly decide you have a valuable resource that can be mined for profit.
Now, before anyone leaps to accuse me of exploitation, the fact of employment is simple: you make me more than you cost and you get to stick around, you don’t and you have to leave – that’s that, that’s all there is to it and sorry if you don’t agree.
NOVA employs many people that have a disability and they are amongst our best workers and, that said, I have sadly had to let people with disability go (that’s an Australian term for ‘fired’), just the same as their non-disabled peers.
However, recent research suggests the emotional angst created by the thought of how to handle a person who has a disability should their performance be below par, is a reason some employers are reluctant to hire.
Other reasons include fears of increased workers compensation costs (its compulsory in Australia for employers to contribute to a National insurance scheme for all employees and the cost of a businesses contribution is assessed against the perceived risk of the industry – all builders as opposed to an individual firm - and the organizations history of claims).
Statistics show people who have a disability are no more or less likely that their non-disabled peers to have an accident that requires workers compensation.
In fact people with a disability are just like any other employee; there are some crackers and occasionally, you’ll have a mismatch between worker ability and worker aspiration.
However, the truth of the ability and talent available to employers amongst NOVA’s job seekers is still a secret that even a blabbermouth like me just can’t make common knowledge*.
We have advertising on TV, radio, billboards, newspapers – maybe we need one of those skywriting planes – there’s been novelty advertising, our pie-bags, coffee cups – pretty much anyway you can think of to showcase the talent we have on offer and still there’s a gap between our talent and an appropriate level of demand.
So, if you have any ideas how we might promote our talent, let me know, there are contact us spots all over this website or give me a call at NOVA.
In the meantime I have a new idea – so keep watching this space.
* If you want to read some more about how much skill our job seekers have click on the EZine link on our Home Page
Would you like a face-to-face meeting with Martin via Skype? Click the button below to make an appointment
Subscribe to this Blog - blog.novaemployment.com.au Copy the link above and paste it into your favourite Reader to subscribe to an RSS feed of this blog. To watch a short video explanation of RSS and how it helps you save time reading the web click here
Your Comments There are currently no comments on this article
When Government Star Ratings seem designed to celebrate the ordinary, it is a pleasure to be able to share a terrific piece of selfless effort on behalf of others....
Whats wrong with Employment Services II? What's wrong with Employment Services II
My mum used to frequently admonish my brothers and I with the words, 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again'....
Whats wrong with Employment Services? There's rumours of a shake-up in the Job Active program - word is, the program isn't making a real difference and employers don't like it!
There's plenty of evidence to suggest that, despite the best intent of Government and funding body, the Disability Employment Service (DES) is similarly in the doldrums....
I need you! Comrades
NOVA needs you - we are very keen to enlist new members of our organisation.
Here's what you need: the patience of Job, the strength of the Hulk, the wisdom of Solomon and a selfless devotion caring for the needs of others worthy of Mother Teresa....
Tragic Loss People with Disability lost a true champion last Wednesday with the unexpected passing of a truly great man, the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Australia and a dear friend Mr Paul Cain....
I'm giving fair warning of my intention to expose examples of the current DES-ESS contract's exploitation.
I have written to the Commonwealth expressing my concerns about clear manipulation of the present contract....
The new contract for Disability Employment Services (DES) will not bring performance improvement.
Government will scratch it's head, blame the economy, blame people with disability, talk about educating employers and spend money on consultations before coming to the conclusion that people with disability must meet more stringent 'mutual obligations'....
Each year, around about the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) NOVA Employment holds a formal graduation for students that have participated in our pre-employment programs....
Profiting from poverty
Profiting from Poverty
I am genuinely horrified by this disaster: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/02/the-demerit-system-is-ruthless-social-policy-designed-to-keep-the-poor-powerless
I believe that we presently represent the job hopes of around 1500 people, in various stages of their progression to independent employment....
New Contract but no change!
New Contract but no change!
Today marks the first day of a new Disability Employment Service (DES) contract.
There are new players and new rules....
'It's nice to be busy' and 'busy is better than idle' and all of my mum's other sayings about work being good for you, and all of them said; we're drowning!
The administrative burden of a new Disability Employment Service contract (starts July 1st) and the mountains of paperwork required for an NDIS dollar (approximately 10X that of the former TTW program) has seen us add 3 extra staff to the admin team and we are still receiving a large volume of enquiries that are causing us some time delay in getting back to folk....
Podcasts I've been learning all about Podcasts (I suspect that this may be a long road!)
However, getting paid to be inspired is not the worst way to spend a Monday afternoon and that is just how my day has gone....
I am truly fortunate to work with the very best people in this great nation and we are truly lucky to be part of the best short film festival this side of anywhere!
"Focusonability" voting starts today and there is an even larger number of films (287) than last year....
On the money Sometime over the next week a new Disability Employment Service contract will be announced.
We are moving into a new world of greater consumer choice and greater mobility of job seekers....
Making a tough job tougher!
Making a tough job tougher
It isnt easy to get a decent job and its harder to do so if you have a disability.
NOVA employs around 190 people, an effective and experienced team who are able to draw upon a staff of highly skilled trainers and a support program honed over almost 30 years and tens of thousands of participants....
Your Work There was never any doubt in my mind that I would work. My dad told me I would work and there wasn't ever a suggestion that my future held an alternative option....
Not so bad! Taken from: Today's Guardian at 4.09pm Tuesday 7th November 2017:
In a world full of discouragement there’s always a space for good news....
The NDIS mantra is 'choice and control'
To be valuable, choice needs to be informed.
Average Sydney Disability Employment Services placement rates are 34....
It's voting time at "Focusonability" - with a record number of films entered, a tremendous effort by more than 100 High Schools and 19 countries competing in the International section it was always going to be a hard job to pick a winner....
Choice & Control
The NDIS slogans around choice and control demonstrate the importance of consumer involvement in both the choice and control of supports they need.
However, in order to be valuable, choice needs to be informed by accurate data such is this: http://www....