Congratulations to 2015 Small Business Nominee, Burger King at Oxbury Mall. The Small Business Award recognizes a company under 50 employees, that develops and applies the concept of ability first and best practices in recruitment, retention, and talent management.
The annual Ability First Coalition Champion Awards celebrate and honour businesses, companies, individuals and organizations that have hired and retained people with disabilities in London, Ontario and surrounding area.
Nominee: Buger King at Oxbury Mall #03056
Representative: Tom Davis, General Manager
Can you tell us a little about your business?
Quick Service Restaurant
How long have you been in business?
Facility for 40 years.
How many employees do you have?
Did you have any prior experience working with people with disabilities?
How did this experience help shape your outlook?
Very positive experience. Always employed people of varying abilities and strengths.
Why did you decide to hire someone with a disability?
Believe in equal opportunities, and finding peoples strengths.
How did you go about finding the right person(s) for the job?
Can you describe one of the positions filled?
Crew Morning Maintenance and Dinning Room Maintenance
How has this employee worked out for you?
Great, good help and an excellent employee.
Were there any preconceptions you had about employing someone with a disability?
I was concerned about how much support would be required. If myself and the staff would devote enough time to train and properly empower them in their career.
How has working with someone with a disability changed these?
I have realized that I have not had to “support” any more than any employee. He has brought a smile to my face and many others on some really tough days.
What are some of the most common misconceptions you hear other employers talk about when they learn you’ve hired people with disabilities?
Waste of labour dollars.
How do you attempt to correct these misconceptions?
Educating on the possibilities.
What is your advice for other employers?
Utilize the abilities and you have a model employee. Punctual, Positive, Polite.
Our customers have expressed an appreciation and acknowledged the pride in the workmanship they can see for themselves every day. The positive attitude and strong work ethic is a great example to all the staff. All excellent traits any employer would want to employ.
Please finish this sentence, “I hire for Ability First because…”
It is the right thing to do, every employer has an obligation to set people up for success.
What does being nominated for the Champion Awards mean to your business?
It means we are helping others success and develop new skills. We are doing our job to bring out the best in people no matter what their ability.