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​Benefits of Inclusive Employment Part 5: Pride in the Job/Organizational Loyalty

- by Maia Idzikowski

When people can see the impact their work is making, it is very rewarding and amplifying to one's sense of self. This applies to everyone in society, not just individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Finding a job that is meaningful and impactful is proven to be difficult, especially when entering the workforce for the first time. For individuals with intellectual disabilities, finding "real work for real pay" is challenging, but the benefits of such a work placement are endless.

When these individuals see tangible and favourable outcomes from their work (completing tasks, helping customers, etc...), they are empowered. These individuals are proud of their accomplishments, and will continue to be a source of positivity and empowerment for others in their world.

When individuals with intellectual disabilities are proud of their work, they will also feel loyal to the organization they are working for. They will want to continue working, and will tell their friends and family all about their positive and rewarding experiences.

Other employees will also see the employer in a positive light. They will see the company as fair, and as having integrity. Other employees, in turn, will experience organizational loyalty. The businesses that take the needs of their employees into consideration are the ones with the greatest organizational loyalty. Companies where employees feel proud and empowered by their work are the most successful, because they present a unified, cohesive workforce.

Ultimately, hiring an individual with an intellectual disability will create a team-oriented atmosphere. As a result, all team members will feel empowered, and excited to be at work.

According to the Q12 Meta-Analysis Report, employees experience organizational loyalty if they can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

Q00: (Overall Satisfaction) On a five-point scale, where “5” is extremely satisfied and “1” is extremely dissatisfied, how satisfied are you with (your company) as a place to work?

Q01: I know what is expected of me at work.

Q02: I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.

Q03: At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.

Q04: In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.

Q05: My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.

Q06: There is someone at work who encourages my development.

Q07: At work, my opinions seem to count.

Q08: The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.

Q09: My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.

Q10: I have a best friend at work.

Q11: In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.

Q12: This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

If employees answer ‘no’ in response to the majority of these questions, areas for improvement are identified. The Q12 questions can also illustrate if a company is a good candidate for inclusive employment. If the employees can answer ‘yes’ to the majority of these questions, then perhaps the company should consider hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For more information about inclusive employment or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Community Living Manitoba’s Labour Market Facilitator for Ready, Willing and Able,
email: Brian Rochat at

or call at (204) 781-0582

Stay tuned for part 6 of the Benefits of Inclusive Employment Series!