Are Accommodations Worth It?
As an employer, you want the best for your employees. You want to provide accommodations that support employee well-being while promoting workforce effectiveness and employee retention, but you don’t know where to start. Will this cost you tens of thousands of dollars? Will the accommodations negatively impact other employees? How do you even get started?
Take a deep breath. We have your back. We broke down the findings from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)’s survey on accommodations in the workplace. Here are some things you are going to want to know.
- Accommodations are typically free, or a low, one-time expenditure.58% of employers say the accommodations they provided were completely free. $0. Of those that cost anything, 37% of employers say the accommodations required a one-time cost. They report that the rest of the accommodations almost always cost less than $500.
- Accommodations help the employee help your business- and drastically.72% of employers said the employee’s productivity increased. 55% reported that the employee’s attendance improved. 38% say the accommodations saved the company money through workers’ compensation or insurance costs. 90% say the accommodations helped retain a valued employee, and 60% report saved costs from not having to train a replacement.
- Accommodations improve the workplace for everyone- not just the employee requesting them.56% of employers say accommodations increased overall company productivity. 45% say they improved workplace safety. 41% report that the accommodations improved overall company attendance. 62% state that they improved company morale. These statistics speak for themselves- accommodations help way beyond the original employee.
- Accommodations work.You don’t have to worry about going out of your way to secure options that do not provide any benefit. 74% of employers said the accommodations were either extremely or very effective.
You already knew you had both a moral and legal obligation to provide accommodations for your employees. But now you know there is also a financial advantage. You can’t afford not to provide accommodations.
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Learn more about the JAN “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” study .