Over 20% of VERC Enterprises workforce are people with intellectual disabilities and according to CEO Leo Vercollone (pictured here with me and one of his employees at a recent recognition event at Cardinal Cushing Centers) and it has kept his 24 convenience stores/gas station and car washes ahead of the competition. In an industry with 100% turnover, his company has a 40% rate. The difference are... people with intellectual disabilities. He spoke of a culture created at his company through hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities. In the face of stiff competition, he wanted to create a store culture that is happy, fun, inclusive and caring. The key to creating that culture is the over 20% of his workforce who have intellectual disabilities. His employees say work is more fun. His customers find the practice socially responsible and he he describes these employees as committed and hardworking. Three cheers for VERC!!!
How do we get the word out that people with intellectual disabilities are an asset in the workplace??