Hopes To Help Ease Labor Shortage and Connect Forward-Thinking Companies With Uniquely Talented Workers
News outlets ranging from The Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio have quoted dozens of business leaders across the country bemoaning the fact that they aren’t able to find anyone to fill their open positions. Millions of Americans lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the national unemployment rate hovering at six percent, “Help Wanted,” signs with generous signing bonuses continue to dot the business landscape.
Given the tight job market and lack of available workers, small businesses and large employers alike can develop cost-effective recruiting strategies by tapping into a hidden market of talent -- the estimated 5,437,988 (2.21%) adults in the United States who have ASD (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/features/adults-living-with-autism-spectrum-disorder.html).
Over 80 percent of college-educated, autistic adults remain unemployed, according to advocacy organization Autism Speaks. A new employment website www.workability.one hopes to bring job opportunities to the forefront by connecting neurodiverse, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and disabled job seekers with forward-thinking companies seeking uniquely talented workers.
The prevalence of ASD (about one to two percent globally, and higher—and increasing—in the U.S.) has made an impression on forward-thinking organizations keen to understand the spectrum of the disorder and its impact on work and training.
“Employers need to rethink their recruiting, interviewing, onboarding and training strategies,” said www.workability.one. “It's no longer about jobs being filled by the right people -- it's about companies adjusting the jobs, work hours, and goals to meet needs of workers. It's a neurodiverse world, and a one-size-fits-all approach no longer works. Job flexibility can be defined in multiple ways."
Characteristics and skills common among the neurodiverse -- pattern seeking and recognition, singular focus on a specific task until its completion, honest and direct communication -- are desirable attributes for new employees -- and can be beneficial in fields such as in cybersecurity, data analytics and software testing. "Neurodiversity can be an important advantage in highly competitive technical fields," workability.one added.
www.workability.one aspires to be the go-to career portal for neurodiverse, ASD and differently abled job seekers, and hopes its reasonably priced job posting fees will entice companies across the country. Employers can post one job at a time, or enlist the help of www.workability.one to upload multiple jobs on the site. “We’re happy to help, and encourage employers to post a wide range of job types,” said workability.one.
www.workability.one is cultivating an audience and site visitors among neurodiverse, ASD and disabled influencers and local and regional advocacy groups. workability.one is registered as a supplier on the Ariba Business Network under Ariba Network ID AN01695504703.
To learn more, visit www.workabiity.one.