Nontraditional and Flexible Work Options

Employees with disabilities offer many benefits to the employers that hire them. Sometimes as a direct result of their disability, employees may need or benefit from nontraditional or flexible work options.

Workplace trends are promoting more flexibility for employees and the tailoring of jobs to meet individual employee needs. The concept of the workplace as a daily destination is being replaced with that of employees working where they are most efficient and productive. This trend offers many opportunities for employees with disabilities to successfully engage in careers and, as a result, have more choices available to help them maintain their health and to work productively.

For employees with disabilities, fears about job retention can pose challenges, especially when issues of fatigue or stamina come into play. It is important to have a strong employer-oriented marketing approach that focuses on how hiring individuals with disabilities and providing flexible work options can also work to the employer's advantage. Many businesses want to keep employees with disabilities on the job, and they have the following incentives to do so:

  • Retaining valued employees
  • Reducing employee turnover and recruitment costs
  • Controlling the rising cost of disability benefits
  • Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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