Alfred Bergman co-founded a residential facility located in New York in 1986 in order to bring innovative and effective care and treatment to adults experiencing persistent psychiatric, psychological, and dual diagnosis problems.
Able!: How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key to Extraordinary Success
(1888PressRelease) April 02, 2012 - Brewster, NY - Alfred Bergman, a dedicated advocate of mental health care and equal opportunity for the physically and mentally disabled, is urging companies to consider the numerous benefits of hiring the disabled. Alfred Bergman offers the example of a successful Tennessee company where three quarters of the workforce is made up of people with a physical or mental disability.
Alfred Bergman has been a leader in the mental health field for decades and understands the struggles faced by those living with a disability or in recovery. Individuals that are in recovery or living with mental illness oftentimes face a variety of barriers while attempting to adjust to normal life. "Securing employment, housing and public benefits are difficult because of their mental illness, addiction or criminal history," notes Alfred Bergman.
Alfred Bergman is a strong proponent of the fact that people living with mental illness and individuals in recovery can live productive and valuable lives and securing employment is an essential step in the recovery process. Alfred Bergman is reaching out to remind business owners that hiring individuals in recovery or living with a disability can provide numerous benefits and offers the successful multi-million dollar corporation, Habitat International as proof.
"Habitat International is a Tennessee-based company that manufactures carpet in the U.S., unlike most manufacturing companies who have opted to outsource abroad," explains Alfred Bergman. Habitat International has achieved enormous growth and superior levels of productivity that are often two to three times higher than their competitors. The secret to Habitat's outstanding success is that they hire the people that no one else will and pay them normal wages and cross train them for every job. Three out of every four workers at Habitat have a physical or mental disability.
According to Habitat, these individuals that others won't hire work harder, require less supervision, and offer an unparalleled level of loyalty. Habitat also has a lower turnover rate, zero accidents among the workers with disabilities, low absenteeism rates, extremely low defect and return rates, and zero back-orders. "Habitat is a shining example of how a successful company should function and that hiring the disabled can actually help your business to succeed," says Alfred Bergman.
Alfred Bergman is urging other companies to follow the example set forth by Habitat International and consider the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. "Habitat International is a profound example of achieving success while being socially conscious and not stereotyping," notes Alfred Bergman.
If you are interested in learning more about Habitat International, visit http://www.habitatint.com or read the book, "Able!: How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key to Extraordinary Success" written by Nancy
About Alfred Bergman
Alfred Bergman is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with co-occurring psychiatric and alcohol and substance abuse disorders and believes in a multi-disciplinary approach involving every aspect of a person's life.
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Brewster, NY 10509
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