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HRM practices that support the employment and social inclusion of workers with an intellectual disability

Hannah Meacham (Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University , Bundoora, Australia)
Jillian Cavanagh (Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University , Bundoora, Australia)
Amie Shaw (Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, School of Business, Griffith University , Gold Coast, Australia)
Timothy Bartram (Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University , Bundoora, Australia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 6 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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