The purpose of this paper is to examine how HRM practices enhance and/or impede the employment, participation, and well-being of workers with intellectual disabilities in three hotels located in Australia.
The research employs a case study methodology, including interviews with three HR managers, three department managers, 17 workers with intellectual disabilities, and focus groups of 16 supervisors and 24 work colleagues.
The research found that the opportunities to participate in work are driven primarily by developing a social climate that enables social cohesion through the altruistic motives of managers/supervisors and reciprocal relationships.
The findings lend support for the importance of both formal and informal HR practices, such as inclusive recruitment and selection, mentoring, and training and development, as well as individualised day-to-day support provided by supervisors and colleagues, to improve the participation and well-being of workers with an intellectual disability.
Meacham, H., Cavanagh, J., Shaw, A. and Bartram, T. (2017), "HRM practices that support the employment and social inclusion of workers with an intellectual disability", Personnel Review, Vol. 46 No. 8, pp. 1475-1492. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2016-0105
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