Wednesday, 29th August 2012
UK: Working Better: The perfect partnership – workplace solutions for disabled people and business
Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK)
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s first Triennial Review: How Fair is Britain? (2010) mapped progress on equality in Britain for people with protected characteristics. The report identified those issues most urgently in need of resolution and ‘Closing the employment gap for disabled people’ was identified as one of the top challenges facing society today.
Over one in five adults in Britain today is disabled, yet only half are likely to be in work compared to four-fifths of non-disabled adults. High numbers of disabled people continue to be excluded from work opportunities that open the door to wealth, worth and wellbeing. The imperative to act on this unacceptable level of disadvantage has never been stronger. Deficit reduction is driving cuts in public sector jobs – where many disabled people work. There is a very real risk that failure to take effective action at a time of economic downturn will allow inequality to prevail and result in the employment gap widening.
At the same time, the economic backdrop brings into sharp focus the difficulties facing many businesses. The challenge is to find workplace solutions – simple and low-cost or no-cost – that can help employers to open up work more effectively to disabled people and retain talented workers, support business productivity, survival and a fair recovery.
This report, part of the ‘Working Better’ series, presents a reality check – a fresh look at the work aspirations and experiences of disabled people today in order to identify new solutions. We present newly published evidence on the impact of current disability and work ‘remedies’ – what’s working well for individuals and businesses and what might work better to make the most of the abilities and potential of disabled employees. We explore barriers created by traditional ways of working, and the potential of flexibility and re-configured work to support innovative workplace delivery of the social model of disability.
+ Direct link to report (PDF; 5.4 MB)
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
In this role, he has particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by Free Pint Ltd. in 2007. He is also involved in training and publicising online reference resources and is a regular contributor to DocuTicker.
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