Warehouses Welcome Disabled Workers
As more DCs hire disabled workers, placement expert says that flexibility is key to success.
(Boonton, NJ, April 17, 2014) Beth Hammond works for a nonprofit organization that helps disabled workers find jobs in DCs, and she has seen what she calls an amazing transformation in recent years.
Hammond, director of training at VIP Solutions in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, once struggled to get big companies to agree to place disabled workers in their DCs.
Now, though, Hammond says companies are calling her to ask for employees.
VIP Solutions has placed disabled workers in the DCs of Frito-Lay, Nestle, Toys R Us, and apparel company Charlotte Russe, among others.
The efforts can benefit both employers and employees, Hammond tells readers in the April issue of Distribution Center Management. Employers get loyal workers and feel-good credibility with consumers. For disabled workers, agroup that has sky-high unemployment, these programs can mean a first paycheck and solid work experience.
The secret is to be flexible. The best-laid plans dont always work, Hammond says.
She points to a case where a worker wasnt hitting his numbers in the processing department, so Hammond suggested moving him to the shipping department. The switch in jobs made the difference between the worker being fired and staying on as a permanent employee.
Learn how Lowes has integrated disabled workers into its DC staff. Visit www.DistributionGroup.com and click on Web Extras.
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