Four Ladysmith employers have been saluted for their support of diversity in the workplace.
Community Link Connexions, a member of Mid Island EmployNet, recently recognized the following local outlets as champions of Diversity at Work: Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, and Maya Norte.
Each gets a “Diversity@Work” window sticker in recognition of their inclusive hiring practices.
Other businesses have been recognized in previous years and continue to practice inclusive hiring: 49th Parallel Grocery Store, In the Beantime, Robert Street Pizza, Tim Hortons, Town Of Ladysmith, Take 5 Publications, and APL Chartered Accountants.
The “Diversity@Work” recognition is an initiative undertaken by employment support services in the Mid-Island area who are committed to advance employment for people with “diversabilities.”
The Diversity@Work sticker recognizes businesses that have tapped into the pool of job seekers with diverse abilities. The sticker lets consumers know which businesses in our community have demonstrated this commitment to diversity in the workplace. Giving employees with diverse abilities the same benefits, pay, and protection as any other employee doing that job.
A diversified workforce significantly increases the customer base. It demonstrates to the community that the business has the capacity to accommodate all people whether they are staff or customer.
According to Community Link Connexions:
* People with diversabilities are consumers and have purchasing power
* People who have family members, loved ones, or support people with diversabilities have purchasing power
* Inclusion and fair treatment of people with diversabilities is important to all people who have purchasing power
* Research shows that 80 percent of consumers prefer to support businesses that have “Diversity@Work”