The Best Buddies Jobs staff sources and pre-screens candidates from a large talent pool that is referred by multiple organizations. Best Buddies Jobs’ highest priority is to identify candidates that are an excellent fit for your company’s needs and culture. The Best Buddies Jobs staff will determine if there’s an outstanding fit in the Best Buddies Jobs’ internal talent pool. If there is not an immediate fit, Best Buddies Staff will source for the specific position to find the right candidate. Best Buddies Jobs staff will work with businesses to determine the time sensitivity of the company’s needs in order to fill the staffing need within the required timeline.
Best Buddies Jobs will assign an Employment Consultant to provide support throughout the process. Support will include (but is not limited to):
- Providing a Jobs Recruitment Guide as a tool to assist businesses and Human Resource (HR) organizations with the end-to-end process of identifying employees through Best Buddies Jobs
- Conducting Employee Awareness Orientation training with supervisors and colleagues (as needed) to help staff understand how to work effectively with people with IDD
- Providing initial on-the-job training and then phasing out when the employee is trained to the employer’s satisfaction
- Maintaining contact with both the employee and employer on a monthly basis
- An Employment Consultant is available for retraining your employee if necessary
- Ensuring the success of the employee by providing accommodations needed by the individual
- Establishing workplace support networks, coordinating extensively with individuals the employee will interact with most
Best Buddies Jobs is a freestanding, community-based program offered at no cost to an employer. Best Buddies Jobs works with you to assess your company’s employment needs and then identifies a competent, productive and loyal employee to fulfill those needs. Additionally, Best Buddies Jobs provides ongoing services throughout the duration of employment.
Individuals with IDD who are exiting the school system or are no longer a part of the school system can join the program. Specifically, those who are seeking support to help identify and maintain jobs in their local community.
- Guest Experience Representative
- Document Clerk
- Office Assistant
- Fitness Assistant
- Teacher Assistant
- Office Coordinator
Absolutely! The person hired should be able to complete the functions of the job with accommodations if needed. Research actually shows that people with disabilities are a productive and effective solution to hiring needs.
The individual will be matched to a position where they will be effective and safe. Appropriate training and support will ensure the individual understands and adheres to all safety protocols.
Insurance policies cover all employees regardless of their race, gender or disability so companies should not raise your rates based on your employee demographics.
Research reveals that consumers tend to favor companies that hire people with disabilities. People see this as a positive reflection of their community.
Hiring individuals with disabilities can help to make your workplace culture more diverse and inclusive. Feedback from most employers is that employee morale is boosted when they hire our participants. We also offer Diversity and Inclusion training materials to share with the staff to help them to better understand how to work with these individuals successfully.
Studies show that people with disabilities are dependable, motivated, and have a very high retention rate along with a low rate of absenteeism. Once they have found the right job, they will likely be there for a very long time. Best Buddies has participants that have been with the same employer for over 20 years!
Most accommodations can be made with existing materials and Best Buddies Jobs can assist with this. If any expense is incurred, it will likely benefit all employees/customers either immediately or down the road.
There are tax credits that reduce tax liability when you hire someone with a disability. The tax credits are for individual employees, so the more people with disabilities your company hires, the more incentives you will receive during tax time.
Providing support for an individual with a disability will look a lot like the support you provide for all of your employees. Best Buddies Jobs will assist with training initially and then natural supports within the workplace will be identified. Natural supports are employees or supervisors that are available to answer questions and model problem solving and new tasks. Just like when any new person starts, your employee will find a person that they feel comfortable asking for help.