Let's Make it Work
Almost all employees require some kind of accommodation. Making accommodations for employees – be it a modified work schedule so a parent can pick up a child at day care or installing new software for an employee with a hearing impairment – is commonplace in today’s work environments.
Making accommodations for employees with disabilities is much easier than most people think; 46% of required accommodations cost nothing and funding is also available for many that require an investment. And, if you have the right person in the right job, small accommodations make a big difference when it comes to retention.
Sample Accommodations and Costs
- Changing a desk layout from the right to the left side for a data-entry operator who has a shoulder injury ($0).
- Supplying a telephone amplifier for a computer programmer who is hard of hearing ($70).
- Providing an articulating keyboard tray to alleviate the strain of repetitive motion and carpal tunnel syndrome ($150).
- Providing a specialized chair for a district sales agent to alleviate pain caused by a back injury ($400).
- Providing a drafting table, page turner and pressure-sensitive tape recorder for a sales agent with paralysis ($1,100).
Ask Yourself This
What would you do if an existing employee is suddenly disabled because of an illness or accident? You would accommodate the workplace to support that employee.
The following article contains leading practices around accommodation in the workplace.