All too often, employers are scared to hire people with disabilities because of the cost of accommodations. However, most accommodations are less than $500, and there are a variety of tax credits to help cover the cost. And there’s another reason to not fear accommodations: making disability accommodations can help all of your employees, whether they have disabilities or not.
Before we get to why, let’s define our terms. An accommodation is an adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the hiring process. Even if you have no employees with disabilities, you have probably already provided similar adjustments: letting employees work from home when their children are sick, adjusting schedules so an employee can go to school or a second job, or providing step ladders when employees are not tall enough to reach high shelves. Disability-specific accommodations are really not that different.
Providing accommodations gives your organization the opportunity to reexamine how you do things. An accommodation for one employee can be a test case to see if this new process, policy, or procedure should be the standard for your entire staff. You may discover a way to make your staff more productive, or to reduce employee turnover.
Let’s look at some examples. …Click to read more…