Re: Question of the Day

Subject: Re: Question of the Day
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Sara Stewart <sara -at- sara-stewart -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 20:12:51 -0800

Sara Stewart wrote:

Ned Bedinger wrote:

Oh man, you're getting closer to the 'sensitive' issues

No kidding! If you revealed that you can do the work but need some sort of accomodation (accessibility, for example), then many employers will indeed pass you over.

Speaking as someone with a visible physical impairment which doesn't actually impede my ability to do my work, in my experience, employers will often pass you over even if you *look* like you might need some sort of accommodation, whether you do/will or not. They look at you and see dollar signs.

(At the AbilityFirst conference, the very real problem of overhead associated with hiring employees who require accommodations came up, and was countered with good reasons why hiring those employees makes good business sense anyway.)

Sara Stewart
long-time lurker, first-time poster

Hi Sara--

I read case studies in business school about companies that made every attempt to hire only people who were alike, in some cases even to the point of hiring only people who bore a resemblance to the company president. They had the 'cult' syndrome, and need I say, whatever strengths a cult may have, it is a very weak organizational model. Such companies lacked the 'hybrid vigor' (term from genetics, google it for more) that diversity confers, and without diversity they were handicapped by inability to innovate when needed. Diversity, in all of its forms, has been shown over and over to be the source of much robustness in organizations. In defiance of this clear advantage of diversity, everyone in the cult companies tried to be more 'same-same' as a way of problem solving.

Sheesh, it takes all kinds :-)

Have fun,

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com


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