‘Different’ Employees require an Ergonomic workspace

businessman-wheelchairThe workforce for many companies has become extremely diversified over the last few years. What started as ‘telecommuting’ taught employers that not physically having a worker at their station from 9 to 5 (with an hour off for lunch.), isn’t so much of a bad thing. In most cases productivity is up, and those empty work-stations can be filled by contract, or other short-term workers, fulfilling tasks for specific projects, or other assignments. This is a great reason to look at ‘different’ employees that can also help local Non-Profit organizations.

Veteran Work-force

Who would have thought that – in these enlightened times – there would still be Armed Forces veterans desperate for work? These incredible personalities have been drilled in an array of marketable skills that may be able to help your company: Either on a short term, or more permanent basis. In fact there are many Governmental financial aids that help businesses employ Service Veterans. Don’t automatically think of strictly older men, there are hundreds of young, intelligent, committed veterans that are looking not only for work, but a career, now that they have paid an incredibly high price for their Service to the rest of us: Sad to say that it looks like this work-force will only grow in the near future, too. Check with your own Department of Labour, or Human resources or more details on how you can help them, as well as your company.

Many are trapped within a broken body, even though you can count on a perceptive and exciting outlook from these Heroes, who are usually going to waste in a business atmosphere that doesn’t value their intelligence:

Down syndrome Work-force

Many people feel uncomfortable facing a person suffering from Down syndrome. Once an employer gets past this natural aversion, however, it is obvious that these sufferers are not mentally ill, but rather are a positive to most work-forces: Incredibly focused, with an almost Savant-like attention to detail, and a creative streak that defies the usual formulaic workplace rubric, Downs syndrome workers are- for the most part – desperate to escape a lonely life, and show their talents to the utmost. US Pharmacy giant Walgreens has enjoyed the benefits of recognizing these special abilities. Its South Carolina distribution Centre is over 20% more efficient than any of its others – and almost 50% of the full-time workers there have a physical or cognitive disability, including Down’s syndrome.

These two examples are the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to people within your city that are a wasted resource, based usually on the fact that the rest of us are unsure of how to communicate with them. Do some research on your community to find out where people’s needs and your requirements intersect, and find some ‘out-of-the-box’ answers to your problems, and theirs.

Of course, you may have to re-configure work stations: Wider entrances and exits, for instance, or ergonomic work areas and equipment that may be required to ease everyone’s working days and conditions, but these are small investment for a more committed, and talented work-force. Start with computer keyboards, seats, and wider doors to ensure that everyone in your office is as comfortable and productive as possible, and expand your work-force. The initial outlay will be more than worth it.

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