Frequently Asked Questions
Is a social enterprise cheaper?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. A social enterprise works with persons with disabilities. The government grants a person with a disability an allowance based on the person’s estimated loss of productivity. The know-how of a social enterprise consists in the ability to use all kinds of techniques, processes, instructions and division into subtasks in order to deploy the person in such way that his/her disability does not interfere at all or interferes as little as possible. And consequently they are able to offer perfect quality at the right price.
Does a person with a disability receive a normal salary?
Yes. The law has determined that everyone – also a person with a disability - is subject to the same rules with reference to the legal minimum wage.
What quality does a social enterprise offer?
The products that Entiris makes, the services that we supply always have to pass the test of the market. As a social enterprise we work between the regular companies, as a client, supplier and partner. The criteria of the market are also our criteria: price, quality, reliability and flexibility. We do this with persons with a disability. Our experience and knowledge allows us to do it in a way that our clients will never notice.
How will my unions react if I outsource work to a social enterprise?
The unions are aware of the options of social enterprises. They are also convinced that a sustainable partnership between a regular business and a social enterprise enhances the local rooting of both. Naturally this goes more smoothly in a growth period than in one of contraction. Companies often choose to limit themselves to their core business and seek partners for all other activities. We can be such a partner, just like any other company.
How do you get a good return employing people with disabilities?
Good visual instructions and personalised, carefully-followed training programmes, a good task structure and division enable persons with disabilities to achieve fine results and a good rate of work. An important condition is sufficient production volume or sufficient repetitive tasks. Some refer to our people ’diesels’: they accelerate more slowly but once at speed they are very constant, stable and reliable.
How do I know what a person with a disability can handle?
That’s a tough question. But it is exactly the question that can be asked to Entiris. We will be glad to put on our Entiris-glasses and look at your activities or processes. Afterwards we can freely and adequately assess what profile is needed and what result is achievable. So depending on the kind of work, the level of difficulty of the support, one particular person can be the best match.