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October 13, 2011

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Keeping disabled people in work makes sound economic sense

Retaining a newly disabled person in employment has a cost benefit of at least 2.5 times an employer’s investment, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
A report launched at its Health and Well-being Conference on 6 October outlines the business case for employment retention, showing how it can deliver financial benefits to the economy, employers, and employees alike.
The RNIB says that adapting conditions to facilitate a person staying with an organisation allows the employer to retain the employee’s accumulated skills, experience and loyalty, and the employee to maintain income and independence. It also avoids the costs of terminating employment, redundancy and long-term sick leave, and potential disability discrimination claims, as well as the expense of recruitment and training of replacement staff.
Philip Connolly, RNIB campaigns officer and author of the report, said: “RNIB is calling on employers to support vocational rehabilitation and adopt proactive employment retention policies. Not only will these provide better outcomes for the individual they will also help businesses save money and keep valuable staff.”€

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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