Scholarly Articles

Employers’ perceptions of the benefits of workplace accommodations: Reasons to hire, retain and promote people with disabilities


By: Hartnett, Helen P.; Stuart, Heather; Thurman, Hanna; Loy, Beth; Batiste, Linda Carter. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 2011, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p17-23. 7p.


This item investigates facts and figures from an ongoing study undertook by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) displaying that employers availed from hiring, retaining, and accommodating persons with disabilities. Benefits drawn from by employers encompass the proficiency to retain valued employees, advanced company profitability, and an avoidance of charges associated with hiring and training a new employee. In addition to these advantages, providing accommodations in an attempt to keep workers is shown to improve association heritage and atmosphere, as well as fostering a sense amidst all workers that employers recognize both the worth of the individual workers as a human, being, and the inherent communal advantages of creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.

Implications of Workplace Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities.


By: Solovieva, Tatiana I.; Walls, Richard T. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. Jul-Sep2013, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p192-211. 20p

Demand-side and supply-side factors are explored associated to workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities. Employers who had searched and received discussion from the Job Accommodation Network were later communicated for a follow-up interview. The facts and figures from these 1,293 interviews include effectiveness of customized paid work, direct advantages to employers, and indirect advantages to employers. The primary demand-side advantages of productive accommodation implementation identified by these employers were (a) kept a qualified worker, (b) increased the overall company’s productivity as well as employee’s productivity, (c) eradicated cost of hiring a new employee, (d) increased overall company morale, and (e) increased the accommodated employee’s attendance.