ERIC Number: ED199474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Employer Reactions to Efforts to Place Disabled and Disadvantaged Workers. Studies in Placement Monograph No. 4.
Zadny, Jerry J.
Surveys in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California, asked 448 employers about their exposure and reactions to job development activity by agencies serving disabled and disadvantaged persons. Respondents were generally favorable or indifferent to being contacted, rated the performance of their disabled employees as being average or above average in comparison to other workers, and said that state rehabilitation agency clients tended to be as qualified as other applicants. Almost all indicated that they would hire a disabled person who was more qualified than other applicants and a third indicated they would give preference to a disabled person who was as qualified as other applicants. Self-reported hiring of disabled persons and hiring of state agency clients increased with the number of employees and with the number of positions filled. Firms which reported being contacted by an agency representing disabled persons were more likely to report hiring a disabled person than firms which did not report being contacted. The percentage of firms hiring at least one and of firms hiring more than one disabled person increased with the number of times a firm was contacted. Expressions of willingness to hire disabled persons were not related to self-reported hiring or to hiring of state agency clients. Larger firms were more likely to hire disabled workers than smaller firms, and it was recommended that job developers continue to concentrate their efforts on larger firms, while keeping abreast of employment trends and employers' needs. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Affirmative Action, Agency Role, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Employment Services, Job Applicants, Job Development, Job Performance, Job Placement, Rehabilitation Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR.
Identifiers: California (San Francisco); Oregon (Portland)
Note: Prepared in the Regional Rehabilitation Research Institute.