ArcBest partners with Integrate to advance neurodiversity in its workforce

Supply chain leader is the first partner in the organization’s large-scale logistics hiring program

FORT SMITH, arch., October 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today announced a new partnership with Integrate Autism Employment Advisors, a nonprofit organization that works with businesses to identify, recruit and retain autism spectrum professionals – to foster a neuro-inclusive workforce and continue to attract top talent with unique skill sets. ArcBest is the first partner in Integrate’s large-scale hiring program in the logistics industry. This partnership demonstrates ArcBest’s commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to create a workplace where we embrace and encourage diverse experiences and perspectives.

ArcBest partners with Integrate to advance neurodiversity in its workforce

“Our people are at the heart of our success, and we care about attracting, hiring and retaining the right people for the right jobs, including those on the autism spectrum,” said Erin Gattis. , Human Resources Director of ArcBest. “Our partnership with Integrate is a step in the right direction to continue learning about neurodiversity in the workplace so we can create a more inclusive work environment where all individuals can succeed. We hope our efforts will encourage others in the industry to do the same.

According to Integrate, about 35% of people with autism go to college, but the current underemployment/unemployment rate for this population is between 75% and 85%. ArcBest has set an initial goal of hiring five employees through the Integrate program in 2023.

This partnership also serves as the foundation for ArcBest to review and improve its job descriptions and existing recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and retention processes, ensuring they are autistic-friendly and supportive. all current and new neurodivergent employees.

“When it comes to the workplace, job descriptions are often the first barrier to entry,” said Tracy Powell-Rudy, vice president of corporate engagement at Integrate. “For example, entry-level descriptions that require excellent oral and communication skills or leadership potential often put off potential candidates who may struggle with interpersonal skills. literally, so that if they don’t have one skill out of 10 listed in a job posting, they won’t apply, considering themselves unqualified.Integrate works with employers to develop neuroinclusive job descriptions so that qualified neurodivergent applicants do not choose themselves not to apply.

ArcBest joins other companies like JP Morgan Chase & Co., SAP, Ernst & Young and Microsoft in finding autistic professionals to hire.

ABOUT ARCBEST

ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) is a multi-billion dollar integrated logistics company that helps keep the global supply chain moving. Founded in 1923 and now with more than 15,000 employees across more than 250 campuses and service centers, the company is a logistics powerhouse, fueled by the simple idea of ​​finding a way to get work done. Through innovative thinking, agility, and confidence, ArcBest leverages its full suite of shipping and logistics solutions to meet critical customer needs, every day. For more information, visit arcb.com.

ABOUT INTEGRATE

With over a decade of experience, Integrate helps employers hire professionals on the autism spectrum and with other neurodivergent conditions. Integrate provides a full range of services, including assessment, training and education, finding work-ready candidates, and onboarding support to ensure a neuro-inclusive work environment. Matching autistic talent with autism-friendly employers allows employers to see success at work.

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