BEND, OR, January 02, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Participants who revealed their ASD diagnosis to employers were more than three times as likely to become employed than those who withheld their diagnosis, according to aggregate data reported by several government agencies and research organizations.
Despite this data point, up to 85% of college-educated autistic adults remain under- or unemployed. “The fear of disclosing a diagnosis can erode a neurodivergent job seeker’s confidence,” said Sheila Jordan, founder and managing director of social enterprise workability LLC, which owns and operates the recruitment advertising platform and Internet Job Board www.workability.one.
“The key to success is to be completely transparent,” advised Jordan, who encourages companies big and small to advertise on www.workability.one. “Employers can cast a wider net by being inclusive. Diversity is not just about race. In fact, neurodiversity and disability cut across racial, ethnic, gender, orientation or religious boundaries.”
Jordan, who is Filipina American and comes from a multicultural family, predicts that 2023 will be the tipping point for recruiters, talent acquisition, talent sourcers and other human resources professionals to consciously include Neurodiversity as part of their corporate DEI implementations.
The pandemic forced millions of office workers to create makeshift offices at their kitchen table and work from home. Now that remote work has proven to be productive and increased job satisfaction among WFH professionals, companies can recruit from anywhere in the country. They’re no longer limited by geography to find the best, most motivated workforce.
Many neurodivergent workers thrive on routine, predictable schedules, and repetitive tasks. As a result, they’re likely to be loyal, long-term employees with an encyclopedic knowledge of their company policies and the role they play within the organization.
Recruiters tend to be overly-reliant on career website behemoths, without considering niche job boards that reach overlooked segments of the labor force, such as neurodivergent and disabled job seekers. Since its founding in May 2021, www.workability.one’s job seeker database has grown rapidly and features hundreds of highly-educated neurodivergent candidates, with talents and skills ranging from graphic design to software engineering.
“We simply ask that corporate HR and supplier diversity managers include www.workability.one in your recruitment advertising campaigns for 2023,” said Jordan. “Our rates are very competitive, and you’ll reach a uniquely talented workforce that you’d otherwise lose in the maze and complexity of the enormous job boards.”
Employers who have successfully advertised and sourced talent through www.workability.one range from international pharmaceutical conglomerates, software engineering firms, and longterm care facilities.
“We encourage talent sourcers and recruiters across the country to create an account on www.workability.one and scroll through our job seeker database, which contains hundreds of workers with enormous potential for success,” said Jordan. “You won’t be disappointed. In fact, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Jordan routinely receives emails from job seekers who marvel at their luck in stumbling upon the inclusive career website and job board www.workability.one.
“You guys really hire autistic people?” one job seeker wrote in disbelief.
“Yup,” Jordan said in her reply to the email. “We sure do.”
workability is certified as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) and recognized as an Emerging Small Business (ESB) by Oregon’s state Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).
Sources: Pubmed, U.S. Department of Labor, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Drexel University
workability LLC is a social enterprise which owns and operates the www.workability.one recruitment advertising platform and Internet Job Board that connects inclusive employers with neurodiverse and disabled job seekers nationwide.
Founded in May 2021 and based in Bend, Oregon, workability is certified as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) and recognized as an Emerging Small Business (ESB) by Oregon’s state Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).