Home' HR Monthly : March 2017 Contents 5 reasons
to hire a person
Lower staff turnover rate
A person with a vision impairment
is more likely to show loyalty to
an employer, giving you a lower
turnover rate and a lower overall
cost of employment.
Due to the access challenges they
face every day, people with vision
impairment tend to be great
problem-solvers, flexible and
Less workplace incidents
People with a disability are far less
likely to have an accident at work
than their peers.
More days at work
People with a disability have lower
levels of absenteeism and use less
sick leave than their colleagues.
Diversity = good business
A more diverse workforce will
effectiveness. It will lift morale and
enhance productivity. In short,
diversity is good for business.
An untapped workforce
You are looking to recruit a new
employee for your business, but what if an
applicant is blind or vision impaired?
Understandably, you may initially question
how they can possibly do the job that you
advertised for – how would they read emails
or find their way to work?
You may also think, “What about
the extra costs and the changes
that I will have to make to my
To alleviate your concerns,
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has
developed a handy guide to
highlight the benefits of employing
someone who is blind or vision impaired,
and provide solutions to common concerns.
These job-seekers are loyal, great
problem-solvers and can provide an
inspiration to your workforce.
All they need is an opportunity!
To download our free Employers’ guide for hiring
people who are blind or vision impaired please
March 2017 HRMonthly 49
getAbstract This month’s picks
To honour International Women’s Day this month,
we’re highlighting three fascinating female authors.
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REPORT: UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
LAURA OVERTON AND GENNY DIXON, TOWARDS MATURITY, 2016
Towards Maturity’s “2016-2017 Learning Benchmark Study” offers ex tensive,
valuable information on the benefits of using technology to make learning
activities more innovative. It will teach learning and development (L&D)
professionals a great deal about how to make the most of technology to help
employees perform and to enhance their corporate learning programs. The report
combines esoteric theory and practical reality to make its research findings readily
implementable. Towards Maturity’s analytics generated step-by-step procedures
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Towards Maturity’s in-depth research to L&D professionals is particuarly recommended for its
data-intensive, helpful and detailed information. •••
THE GIG ECONOMY: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO GETTING
BETTER WORK, TAKING MORE TIME OFF, AND FINANCING
THE LIFE YOU WANT
DIANNE MULCAHY, AMACOM, 2016
Full-time employment, once the quintessence of security and stability, is
increasingly rare. Employers create fewer full-time positions and outsou rce
existing work. For growing numbers of job seekers, working independently is a
safer bet. Living without a corporate safety net may sound precarious, but with
proper planning, you can manage a freelance career that’s at least as stable as a
full-time job. And, it holds out the prospect of more control over your work and you r life. In this
breezy, entertaining how-to manual, Babson College professor Diane Mulcahy offers a blueprint for
assembling and managing a diversified portfolio of work. She outlines appropriate approaches to
saving, vacations, home-ownership and retirement planning. getAbstract recommends her manual to
anyone seeking an alternative to the cubicle, the assembly line or the corner office.
ART THINKING: HOW TO CARVE OUT CREATIVE SPACES IN
A WORLD OF SCHEDULES, BUDGETS, AND BOSSES
AMY WHITAKER, HARPERBUSINESS, 2016
Educator and writer Amy Whitaker combines her talents in art and business to
explain how they serve one another. She proposes using a mindset she calls “art
thinking” to harness the joy and creative thought of making art in tandem with
the structure and organisation of business. Each chapter addresses one aspect of
the creative process, from development to making financial decisions, to producing your project.
Whitaker offers activities to spur creative thinking and provides a step-by-step guide for allocating
project resources. Her grounded business approach provides a path to creative work that won’t break
the bank. Creative people will benefit from her manual, as will managers who lead creative people
but must maintain productive constraints.
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