Employers often receive requests for workplace accommodations from employees with disabilities. These accommodations help create a more inclusive and accessible work environment and ensure employees with disabilities are able to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. In this blog post we'll explore ten of the main accommodation requests employers receive.
1. Assistive technology: This can include tools such as screen readers, speech recognition software or ergonomic keyboards which help employees with disabilities perform their work tasks more easily and effectively.
2. Flexible work arrangements: Some employees may require flexible work hours or the ability to work remotely in order to accommodate their disability. This may include accommodations such as modified schedules or telecommuting options.
3. Job restructuring: Employers may need to restructure a job to accommodate an employee's disability. For example, they may need to modify job duties or provide additional training to ensure the employee can perform their job successfully.
4. Accessible facilities: Employees with disabilities may require physical accommodations such as wheelchair ramps, accessible restrooms or designated parking spaces to access the workplace.
5. Communication assistance: Some employees may require communication assistance, such as sign language interpreters and assistive technology discussed above, to effectively communicate with colleagues or customers.
6. Environmental modifications: Employers may need to modify the physical environment in which an employee works to accommodate their disability. In addition to wheelchair ramps, this may include adjustable lighting, noise-cancelling headphones or special furniture.
7. Service animals: Employees with disabilities may require the use of a service animal in the workplace such as a guide dog or a hearing assistance animal.
8. Additional breaks: Others may require additional breaks throughout the workday to manage their condition to allow them to take medication, use the restroom or have privacy
9. Modified dress code: Some employees may require modifications to the dress code. For example, an employee with a prosthetic limb may require modifications to clothing or footwear.
10. Additional training: Employers may need to provide additional training to ensure employees are able to work effectively with colleagues with disabilities, or to provide specialized training to employees with disabilities themselves.
Employers have a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers should engage in an interactive process with employees to determine what accommodations are necessary to enable them to perform their job duties effectively. By providing accommodations employers elevate their workplace making it more inclusive, improving job performance and empowering all employees to contribute to the success of the organization.