Disabilities at Work

Disabilities at Work

Disabilities at work. Like all people, employees with disabilities bring a range of skills and talents to a business. There is also a range of support to assist them with employment and training.

If you have a disability while working, such as:

  • Illness
  • Accidents

You may want to return to your job at some point. It is suggested that you have a meeting with your employer and discuss your options. If your disability is severe and can affect your job, then you may not be able to return to work.

If you are able to return to work, your employer will have to put accommodations inplace so that you are capable to continue with your work.

If you are not able to return to work, there are many options available.

What if you become more disabled?

You may already have a disability that is progressive and need to sit down with your employer and discuss your needs and options, such as:

  • Further adaptations
  • Alterations to the working environment
  • Changing work practices

 Be honest and open about your ability to continue working.

 It can be overwhelming when a disability progresses but it doesn’t mean you have to leave your job. Employers are obligated to make sure you are safe and comfortable. Some options for the employer and employee are:

  • Part-time or half day work – this will allow you to do part of your job and let go of certain tasks and take on other tasks that you can do.
  • Re-deployment – if you cannot do the task you used to do, then you can take on another position within the business. This is where training is vital and we encourage employers to apply with a training provider.
  • Flexi-work – you can work part-time, job share or from home.,
  • Adaptive workplace and assistive technology – an accessible workplace and assistive technology can help you to perform better. There is funding and assistance for this.

As an employer, you would prefer capable and efficient staffs that are reliable. There are many support resources available if your staff member suddenly becomes disabled and needs training and assistance.

 For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za