Read this short blog from the People & Safety Services team to consider accessibility needs for your employees who work remotely or hybrid.

In hybrid working, staff members work mostly from home and attend work in person on need only basis. Although it can be beneficial for both organisations and staff, organisations are still advised to consider accessibility when embracing remote work.

Disability issues can go unnoticed when staff attend workplace less frequently. Research by Bupa has shown that 43% of those with less visible disabilities have kept their disability hidden from the organisation due to concerns on how they would be perceived.

The charity Scope details that 23% of working age adults, and 45% of pension age adults, are living with a disability so it is important when it comes to setting up hybrid working to ensure staff are aware of support available.

Here are some tips on what support should be considered and where to signpost staff:

  • Provide information to staff on requesting specialist equipment
  • Seek further advice from Occupational Health Advisors, such as Integral in Glasgow
  • Be flexible where possible i.e. do adjustments need to be made
  • Consider a flexible working request
  • Visit the HSE website for a Display Screen Equipment Assessment

Our People and Safety Team can offer advice for your organisation including your HR, Wellbeing, Health and Safety and Recruitment. Please get in touch with us at peopleservices@gcvs.org.uk to speak to a member of the team.

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