Expand-ing the Definition of Work-place Flexibility

I came across this article by Kathy Martinez who is the assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. I want to share it with you because it takes a look at Workplace Flexibility from a different perspective that I feel warrants some thought when talking about hiring people with disabilities.

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At one point in my life, I was an employee, college student and mother to a very young son. What made it all work was flexibility, especially on the part of my employer. (As I recall, my son was le…

Source: Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

Often times employers are flexible around when and where work happens, which can benefit many of the people we serve. There is yet another area that can impact the hire-ability of an individual and foster a more inclusive workplace and that is how work is performed.

Customized employment is something that employers may do without even realizing it, but it doesn’t always come naturally. Pearl Buck Center’s Community Employment Services often assists businesses with this very important aspect of employment because sometimes it can be difficult to think in terms of tasks that may be important to the work that needs to be accomplished, yet seemingly trivial and time-consuming. We can help businesses figure out ways to customize a workplace situation to suit the needs of the employer and fit the skills of the individual seeking a job.

Here’s a link to a video about creating customized employment opportunities and solutions and a link to a very comprehensive resource page. Both are from the United States Department of Labor;

We would love to sit down and talk to business owners, managers, or HR personnel to help brainstorm how to become more flexible and customize jobs at your place of employment. Give us a call. 541.484.4666 . Or email us at pbc.community.employment@gmail.com