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Q1. Why is employing individuals with disabilities an important issue? Consider the perspective of employees, Woolworths and the larger community.

Employment of people with disabilities is an important issue. This is because of the fact that it has very profitable advantages and benefits to business organizations, both the people with and without disabilities and the community at large. These advantages and benefits includes:

Generally, employment of individuals with disabilities reduces the levels and rates of dependency on the societies. Most of the disabled people are known and believed to depend upon those without disabilities for their livelihood. This has always been termed as a burden to the community. By employing these disabled individuals, they get the opportunities to be engaged and committed and in this was they become independent which in long run leads to a significant reduction on the levels of dependency in the society (Blanck & Braddock, 1998, P.18).

Many studies and research at different levels reveals that the individuals with disabilities always give out absolute loyalty to their employer in their respective workplaces. The disabled have shown dedication with much transparency in their workplaces. It is therefore important to employ such people more so in business organizations that trust us always an issue for instance the supermarkets like the Woolworths.

Lower absenteeism. Many employers of people living with disabilities has over time recorded fewer cases of absenteeism. The disabled always work with commitment to only one job because of their states. They always love what they are doing and so will always be present unless for exceptional cases like illnesses .They make few job excuses and hence are very reliable (Health Disparities Conference, & Wallace, 2008, p.29).

Due to the kind of loyalty, transparency, commitment and dedication the disabled employees are always more dependable and reliable. Employer can depend on them since their trust is always an assurance.

The performance of the employees with disabilities is explicit and recommendable. This holds a great advantage to the employers and organizations as a whole. Better performance dictates quality work and outcome which in turn results into realization of maximum profits (Rae-Grant, Fox & Béthoux, 2013, p.17).

People with disabilities always do some exceptional duties that would not be done by other workers. This give the business organizations the advantage of being productive on exceptional products and hence and increased market coverage.

A community or business that employs the disabled individuals has the advantage of converting social ideas into good business opportunities that are affordable and highly profitable.

Employees with disabilities understands their fellow individuals with disability. They are therefore able to know the kind of products that best suits the disabled. This gives an organization a better and higher hand in production of these products thus leading to an increased market range (Health Disparities Conference, & Wallace, 2008, p.45).

Q2. What is the likely impact of employing individuals with disabilities on either employee job attitudes or motivation?

Employees with disabilities get motivated with their work and they show positive attitude towards what they do. In a business set up, there may be employees with and without disabilities. This bring the different impacts in their job attitudes and motivation.

People have different and unique personalities and characters that may be dictated by nature or even the physical status. These personalities and characters are determinants of our behaviors and the way we associate with different people at different places. In a workplace set up there are employers, employees and the customers. It is the character and personality that dictates the way these three groups associate (Rae-Grant, Fox & Béthoux, 2013, p.21).

In a workplace with disabled employees there are motivations and attitudes that come due to association within the workplace.

Employing people with disabilities gives them a sense of not being isolated from the society. This inflicts a motivation in them as they get to realize their importance in the community. With this motivation they are able to work so hard and do so many wondrous things that in turn benefits the society as a whole.

Employment comes with price. This is to say that the disabled employees get paid for their services at respective employment places. The payment is a motivational factor. This gives them a sense and feeling of being recognized and appreciated for what they do. This feeling gives them the psych to continue delivering more and more and even become more and more productive (Rae-Grant, Fox & Béthoux, 2013, p.53).

Employment impacts positive attitude in the disabled individuals. With the association with different people at the workplace and the appreciation payments these employees becomes so positive in life and gains a positive attitude towards life.

The special treatment that is given to the employees with disabilities like the special chairs give them the morale to work harder as a way of showing appreciation to the employer.

Employment of individuals with disabilities also impacts on the attitude and motivation of the other employees who are not disabled. The employees without disabilities gets motivated and gains positive attitude towards their job as they see and compare the kind of work done by the disabled fellows to what they do.


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