Jul
11
2014

Telework and Disability Employment Participation

Despite the fact that one in four Australians have a disability of some description, the employment statistics are shocking! 54% participate in the workforce compared to 84% of the general population. Telework, or working from home, provides a number of benefits to those who are able and willing to work but are restricted by a disability.  Here are some great reasons why telework is going to totally change employment participation for people with a disability.

  1. Accessibility – Access to the building of a place of work and transport are the biggest barriers to the employment of people with disabilities

  2. Based on other studies from around the world, telework will increase disability employment levels anywhere from 3,230 (for those will a mild disability) to 14,868 (inclusive of all people with a disability in Australia)

  3. 9% of all people with a disability who are able to work identified flexible working hours as a major barrier – telework permits flexible hours

  4. A similar percentage identified transport as the biggest barrier – telework negates the travelling associated with most work

  5. A massive 66% of people not presently employed due to disability said they would take up a job if telework was an option

  6. Independent living modifications will already be present in the home – the environment will be suitable for their particular disability

  7. Technology necessary for a home offices is no longer cost-prohibitive – VoiP and Cloud technology makes for easy file sharing and communication

  8. A lack of flexible working hours is also a barrier to carers – a telework arrangement will help them work and remain focused on their caring commitments

  9. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia piloted a telework test scheme and calculated a 27% increase in productivity

  10. It’s good for morale too – over 70% of all employees who had used a telework option said they were happier in their jobs

  11. This in turn means your employees are less likely to leave. Replacing them can be expensive

  12. Geographical location need no longer be a barrier to employment

  13. Telework will allow people with disability to engage more fully in employment, productivity will increase and employees will overall be far happier in their jobs

Do you have any more reasons why telework is awesome, or even a personal story?  Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

Despite the fact that one in four Australians have a disability of some description, the employment statistics are shocking! 54% participate in the workforce compared to 84% of the general population. Telework, or working from home, provides a number of benefits to those who are able and willing to work but are restricted by a disability.  Here are some great reasons why telework is going to totally change employment participation for people with a disability.

  1. Accessibility – Access to the building of a place of work and transport are the biggest barriers to the employment of people with disabilities

  2. Based on other studies from around the world, telework will increase disability employment levels anywhere from 3,230 (for those will a mild disability) to 14,868 (inclusive of all people with a disability in Australia)

  3. 9% of all people with a disability who are able to work identified flexible working hours as a major barrier – telework permits flexible hours

  4. A similar percentage identified transport as the biggest barrier – telework negates the travelling associated with most work

  5. A massive 66% of people not presently employed due to disability said they would take up a job if telework was an option

  6. Independent living modifications will already be present in the home – the environment will be suitable for their particular disability

  7. Technology necessary for a home offices is no longer cost-prohibitive – VoiP and Cloud technology makes for easy file sharing and communication

  8. A lack of flexible working hours is also a barrier to carers – a telework arrangement will help them work and remain focused on their caring commitments

  9. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia piloted a telework test scheme and calculated a 27% increase in productivity

  10. It’s good for morale too – over 70% of all employees who had used a telework option said they were happier in their jobs

  11. This in turn means your employees are less likely to leave. Replacing them can be expensive

  12. Geographical location need no longer be a barrier to employment

  13. Telework will allow people with disability to engage more fully in employment, productivity will increase and employees will overall be far happier in their jobs

Do you have any more reasons why telework is awesome, or even a personal story?  Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

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