ArcBest works with the nonprofit autism to find the best candidate for the job

ArcBest (NASDAQ:ARCB) has partnered with Integrate Autism Employment Advisors, a non-profit organization that works with businesses to identify, recruit and retain people on the autism spectrum.

The partnership aims to develop a neuroinclusive workforce and continue to find top talent with unique skills. Arcbest is Integrate’s premier hiring partner in the logistics industry. The partnership shows the company’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

“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. 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,” said Erin Gattis, Chief Human Resources Officer of ArcBest.

Arcbest is a multi-billion dollar logistics company. It was founded in 1923 and today has more than 15,000 employees spread over 250 sites. The company uses shipping and logistics solutions to solve customer problems. In contrast, Integrate has been around for a decade, helping employees across the employment spectrum. Some of the services offered by Integrate include assessment, training and education. Also, provide onboarding support to match the right customer with the right worker in the right environment.

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Mainstream and the Autism Spectrum

The statistics confirm. About 35% of people on the spectrum go to college. Additionally, the current underemployment and unemployment rate for this population is between 75 and 85 percent, according to Integrate. Arcbest intends to hire five employees under the Integrate program in 2023. The other goal of the partnership is to review and improve its job descriptions and hiring processes.

“When it comes to the workplace, job descriptions are often the first barrier to entry. For example, entry-level descriptions that require excellent oral and communication skills or leadership potential often put off potential applicants who may struggle with interpersonal skills. Many on the spectrum often take things at face value, so that if they don’t have one skill out of 10 listed in a job posting, they won’t apply, believing themselves unqualified. Integrate works with employers to develop neuroinclusive job descriptions so qualified neurodivergent candidates don’t choose themselves not to apply,” said Tracy Powell-Rudy, Vice President of Corporate Engagement at Integrate.

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

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