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NOD-Sirota Survey

Image of man in wheelchair, text reads: The Forgotten Diversity Segment

In 2013, Sirota and NOD published the results of a large scale effort to better understand the voice of employees with disabilities. Our goal has been to capture, assess and understand the workplace experiences of individuals with disabilities as they compare their experiences to non-disabled colleagues. An important aspect of this work is to chart survey responses throughout a five-year period to track changes and trends. Beginning in 2007, Sirota surveyed nearly 850,000 employees from 13 projects. Approximately 25,000 – or 3%—of the employees self-identified themselves as having a disability. Sirota collects data on an ongoing basis, with between 1.5 and 2 million people surveyed annually. Of the approximately 60 projects each year, only 4% ask employees about disability. Among the key findings:

  • Many of the largest differences were around the relationship between the employee and the company
    • 52% of employees with disabilities say their company communicates to employees on matters that affect them; compared to 63% of non-disabled employees (-11%)
    • 62% of employees with disabilities say they have enough information to do their job well; compared to 72% of non-disabled employees (-10%)

  • The greatest differences were related to encouragement and opportunity to achieve in their position.
    • 55% of employees with disabilities say they have been given an opportunity to improve their skills; compared to 67% of non-disabled employees (-12%)
    • 48% of employees with disabilities say they are satisfied with their opportunity for advancement; compared to 59% of non-disabled employees (-11%)

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Survey Webinar: The Forgotten Diversity Segment

Recorded March 14, 2013, this webinar is presented by NOD’s Bridges to Business program and Sirota Survey Intelligence. Many companies annually survey employees, but few measure gaps between employees with and without disabilities. Participants review results of recently released data from national surveys, and learn how to use the data to develop a strategy to create a culture of inclusion for employees with disabilities. This Program ID has been approved for 1 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Infograph: Survey Results at a Glance

The Forgotten Diversity Segment Infographic

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