Remote Work to Accommodate Workers with a Disability

Remote Work is about Accessibility, Not Exclusion

Remote work may be seen as exclusion. However, it is really meant to do the opposite. Remote work allows businesses to take advantage of a larger talent pool. Also, it allows more people with disabilities to enter the workforce. Hiring workers with disabilities ensures that your business gets the benefits, such as:

  • Varied outlooks
  • New and different ideas
  • A diverse workplace

Employers have many options when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. Working from home is a good option, but it is not the only one. There are many accommodations to consider, such as:

  • Having quiet work areas
  • Scheduling the worker during hours when the workplace is quiet
  • Having a support worker come in at times to help with medical or personal care needs
  • Working from home for part-time
  • Keeping the workplace clutter free
  • Telling workers if there are going to be changes in the work area layout
  • Showing the worker when there are physical changes in the workplace

Employers can use remote work to accommodate workers with disabilities. Before dismissing the idea of remote work, talk to your workers or potential workers to see what they would prefer. Some workers might like being at the workplace, while other workers with the same needs might wish to work from home. Also, be sure to always include all remote workers in company events, such as:

  • Meetings
  • Team building
  • Potlucks
  • Social outings

Remote work is not costly to employers. Also, sometimes it is best for workers with a disability to work from home. Keep an open mind when receiving the request. The worker will tell you what they need in order to be the most comfortable and increase productivity.

 

Curated by (Lifekludger)
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Remote Work to Accommodate Workers with a Disability

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