STUDY OF EMPLOYERS PERCEPTION ON EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
Purpose: This paper explores to understand employer’s attitudes and perspectives in employment of people with disabilities which represents a largely untapped talent pool worldwide. Although employment of people with disabilities can be beneficial for companies, the potential of organizations employing them and gaining a competitive advantage has rarely been investigated.
Methodology: An exploratory study was conducted through primary and secondary research which includes companies across different industries. The aim of this research paper is to capture employers’ experiences, concerns and perceptions while hiring people with disabilities. The primary research comprised of a survey through questionnaire. A multiple regression model was used to analyze the data. Sample size of the data was 102.
Findings: Variables such as challenges faced by employers, access to talent pool of people with disabilities, access to technology and infrastructure, number of disabled people existing in the organization, disability friendly environment, hiring concerns were considered. Originality/Value: The paper contributes to the literature on employment and disabilities especially through the systematic review of factors that determine the challenges, readiness to hire people with disabilities, technological resources and infrastructure used, hiring aspects and concerns, unique initiatives taken by organizations.