WERC Webinar: Hiring People with Disabilities: An Untapped Labor Source
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WERC Webinar: Hiring People with Disabilities: An Untapped Labor Source

With today’s challenging hiring environment, warehousing and manufacturing operations must consider every potential labor pool: including persons with disabilities. Deb Russell will explain why and how to connect with this valuable source of qualified team members.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
1:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: WERC Office

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
2:00 PM Eastern | 1:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Pacific
Hiring People with Disabilities: An Untapped Labor Source

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You already know how incredibly challenging it is to find qualified, dependable employees for your manufacturing, warehousing or distribution operation. When seeking to hire productive, long-term and engaged team members, it’s critical to consider every potential labor pool: including persons with disabilities.

During this 30-minute webinar—coinciding with October’s designation as National Disability Employment Awareness Month—hiring inclusiveness expert Deb Russell will explain why companies should take a closer look at this labor pool; how to find and recruit qualified candidates with disabilities; and different ways to prepare your existing workforce and current workplace for these new associates.

Webinar participants will review the latest data demonstrating the safety, productivity and retention of people with disabilities in warehouse jobs. Additionally, Russell will share tips on one of the most effective ways to source, screen, train, and support candidates with disabilities for job openings: partnering with local staffing agencies and other labor resources.

This session is targeted to operations leaders and executives facing hiring challenges, contract labor partners and human resources personnel. If you’ve ever wondered what types of job responsibilities disabled persons can tackle, how to connect to this labor pool, or about the potential risks and rewards of hiring these candidates, don’t miss this webinar.

Presented by Deb Russell, Consultant, Deb Russell Inc.

Deb Russell has focused her career on helping business leverage the value proposition of employing people with disabilities. From 2006-2012, she shepherded Walgreens’ legendary efforts to employ people with disabilities: first, in the distribution centers where her programs exceeded the company’s goal that 10% of the workforce be people with disabilities. She then designed the models applied to both Walgreens’ retail stores and their headquarters—efforts the retailer continues today. Through her eponymous consulting firm, Russell has helped more than 100 companies design and implement their approach to hiring people with disabilities. Additionally, she has testified to the U.S. Congress and presented internationally on the importance of accessing this valuable workforce. 

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