The COVID-19 pandemic has made virtual work more accepted and acceptable.
The pivot away from traditional workplace structures has encouraged businesses to adopt new technologies and become more flexible and adaptable.
This virtual landscape brings the potential to improve employment opportunities for people experiencing disability. When the essential functions of a job can be performed remotely, strong work-from-home protocol is valuable for your business—not just in times of pandemic-related restrictions.
Embracing this new reality can grant your business access to an extensive talent pool and valuable new perspectives. Proactively setting remote work-from-home policies will ready your workplace to meet reasonable accommodation requests from employees experiencing disability, or from any employee facing exceptional circumstances at any time.
For all its ups and downs, remote work is going to be with us long after COVID restrictions ease. This is the time to make sure it’s done right, with the proper accommodations, thoughtfulness, and supports.
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Inclusive employment is good for business and the Canadian economy
- Many job-seekers with disabilities are highly educated
- Employees with disabilities have higher morale, satisfaction, and engagement scores.
- Retention rates of employees with disabilities are higher, saving recruiting and training costs.
- Employees with disabilities are more likely to follow safety directions and protocols than able-bodied employees.
- The number of Canadians living with a physical disability that impairs their mobility, vision, or hearing will rise from 2.9 million to 3.6 million over the next 13 years, a pace of growth nearly double that of Canada’s overall
- Improvements to workplace access would allow 550,000 Canadians with disabilities to work more, increasing GDP by $16.8 billion by 2030.
- The increase in labour availability would lift the income of people with disabilities by more than $13.5 billion.
Source: Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities, Conference Board of Canada
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