How Can Business Owners Help Disabled Employees Post-Pandemic?
March 31, 2021
A number of factors influence candidacy and employee performance, but diversity shouldn’t be one of them. In the new work-from-home era, what should businesses be doing to ensure that they accommodate their disabled employees?
The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered the temporary loss of office environments, beloved and relied on by most employees. This, in turn, has marked the loss of routine, socialising, and career progression, for many people.
For the majority, this was a difficult shift and took some adjusting. Although, employers took appropriate action to ensure that employees could still work from the comfort of their homes. However, it may benefit your business to find out what more you could be doing to ease the working day for disabled employees:
How can businesses accommodate them in the ‘new normal’?
Disabled employees with chronic conditions
It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure that employees with long-term health implications don’t get left behind. Providing employee benefits such as paid sick leave and a great health insurance plan will not only ensure that employees falling into this category feel recognised and accommodated, it will also protect the company itself from liability.
This has the added benefit of increasing the cultural diversity of the business and encouraging candidates to disclose their disability from the beginning, reassured that it won’t be a factor.
Since the pandemic, the deaf community have been on the public’s mind with the CDC advising everyone to wear a face mask to stop the spread. This radical change has made it difficult for the hard of hearing to lip-read, and, as a result, alienated them from social participation.
But it’s not just PPE that’s widening the gap, and it’s a business owner’s responsibility to close it!
Video conferencing software has made it possible to share a meeting or event from within the safety of the home. But for deaf employees (or candidates) what can you do to make sure you provide non-discriminatory working conditions?
One of the most cost-effective and accurate ways to accommodate these needs is to provide live captions to web interactions. This ensures that non-hearing participants can get fully involved in the discussion.
Extra training for everyone
When it comes to accommodating the needs of all employees, it can feel like an ocean of information to take on board.
However, if a business wants to increase their inclusivity, training courses are available. ‘Implicit Bias‘ is the industry standard course for tackling diversity issues in the workplace. They often include culture, leadership and inclusion modules.
Keep the community alive for disabled employees
In this isolating time, keep your employees motivated, satisfied, and productive when you draw them together. Create groups, virtual events, or an employee newsletter or podcast!
When a business is inclusive, everybody wins. So, show employees that their needs have been recognised and will be accommodated! This gives workers a sense of security and acceptance, which often results in a stronger loyalty to the brand. When employees feel taken care of, you can rest assured they’ll take care of your business.
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