Our nation has no shortage of know-how and talent among people with disabilities. Many of these individuals, although highly qualified and willing to work, remain unemployed. At the same time, tens of thousands of retirement-eligible federal workers are poised to leave government service in the next few years.
In this discussion, authors John Bersentes and Mark Havard take a careful look at this dual challenge. Among their suggestions: by ramping up efforts to recruit and integrate talented individuals with disabilities, federal agencies can take some of the sting out of the looming retirement crisis. To support their argument, Bersentes and Havard offer both a resource guide and a step-by-step process to aid government agencies in reaching out to this woefully underutilized—and potentially game-changing—labor force.
Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities
A White Paper from the Government Solutions Group of TMP Worldwide
In response to the Government's looming retirement crisis, Federal recruiters and hiring managers can source a particularly promising pool of skills and talent. By acting now to recruit people with disabilities into the Federal workforce, the government can help blunt the impact of the coming exodus of experienced public employees.
Public sector agencies lag seriously behind in recruiting and retaining people with disabilities. And they've fallen behind despite substantial program incentives—many of them in force for years—from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and several other agencies. For all the efforts by these in-government advocates to encourage Departments and agencies to reach out to people with disabilities, this population remains woefully under-represented in the Federal workforce. The Government's own statistics indicate that the percentage of government workers with disabilities in its workforce has declined sharply (from 1.18% to 0.94%) between 1996 and its most recent measurement in 2006 to read more click here to request a copy of this Whitepaper.