Corey and Carla Mingari became the franchisees of North Hobart McDonalds just over four years ago and have built the business to now employ over 135 young Tasmanians, six of whom have a disability.
When the Mingaris started their business, they wanted to employ people with disability to reflect the 25 per cent of people with disability in the Tasmanian community.
They were a little apprehensive about managing staff with disability along with the trials of setting up the new business, but after interviewing a number of applicants with disability from WISE Employment, Corey and Carla were immediately impressed.
“They interviewed well and had the work ethic we were looking for,” Corey explained.
Carla and Corey said having the support of WISE Employment’s Employer Liaison Officer Robin Rhodes, has been invaluable.
The Mingaris are adamant that disability isn’t an issue in employability. The skills, reliability and punctuality are the most important attributes they look for in the recruitment process.
As with staff management with any employee, Carla and Corey find the right tasks for the right person. From coffee-making to the cooking station, drive thru service to management; there is a role to suit all skill sets and abilities.
Benefits that Corey and Carla have seen from employing people with disability include an increase in productivity due to their employees’ reliability and punctuality. They have also gained loyal customers who enjoy coming in to the store and having a chat to their front of house staff.
Whether you need to cover lunch shifts, find an apprentice chef or a pro maître-d’ that your customers will love; you can find a vast range of skills, qualifications and qualities held by people with disability.
If you are ready to recruit or are considering it, contact JobsABILITY for a free consultation. We can answer any questions you may have and put you in touch with free Disability Employment Services like WISE Employment who will assist you in supporting a person with disability in your workplace.