Why Be. Employed?

The Oxford English Dictionary describes "career" as a person's "course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)". Accessibility is an opportunity to extend that progression of life and fulfillment to our whole community.

Organisations like Westpac already get the value of accessible employment. Watch their story here.

Westpac Case Study 

Why is Be. Employed needed?

In New Zealand, more than 60% of people with access needs are unemployed or underemployed [1]. This represents a hugely diverse talent pool of untapped potential. Knowing this, why aren't organisations jumping at the opportunity? Mostly, because they don't know what they don't know about accessibility, and the immense opportunity it presents.

What value does being an accessible employer bring?

Becoming part of Be. Employed and embracing accessibility in your workplace will not only place your organisation at the forefront of New Zealand's accessible employment movement, it also makes sound business sense. Some of the benefits of becoming an accessible employer are:

  • Accessing untapped potential
  • Access to the Access Economy (representing your true customer base will result in better commercial outcomes)
  • Lower absenteeism and employee turnover
  • Improved employee loyalty
  • Improved reputation

For more information about the positive effects of accessibility within a workplace, see our blog 5 Great Reasons to Be. an Accessible Employer.

What is different about what we offer?

Be. Employed is a unique programme giving on board organisations:

  • Access to specialized events that connect business and organisational leaders with best practice examples of accessible employment in action
  • A connection to the wider social change network so they can share their experience and learning,
  • All the while benefiting from our innovative consultancy expertise, advice and insights.
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[1] Centre of Social Research and Evaluation, June 2005, Disability and work participation in New Zealand: Outcomes relating to paid employment and benefit receipt