Would you make adjustments to keep a disabled employee?

More than a quarter of British workers believe their boss would be unlikely to help to them keep their job if they become disabled, a report reveals.

A MORI poll for the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) found that 28% of non disabled workers felt their employers would not make adjustments to help them stay in work following a serious accident.

The poll found that people working in the small business sector were more pessimistic about their job prospects than those working for larger companies.

Thirty eight per cent of workers in companies of less than 25 staff felt it unlikely they would keep their job if they became disabled compared to 26% of those employed in companies with 250 or more employees.

Bert Massie, chairman of the DRC, said: “Getting the message across that employers are prepared to make adjustments for disabled workers will give much needed confidence to all staff.

“Smart businesses realise that providing support to workers rather than showing them the door makes good business sense and it sends a clear message that the company values all their staff,” he said.

“It also makes sense, cost wise, to make small improvements that have minimal outlay rather than incur the increased expense of redundancy and recruitment.”

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