Most employees ready to welcome disabled people in workplace, survey shows

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An absolute majority, or 82% of employees surveyed, say they would support an employer's decision to hire a disabled person and be willing to engage and help, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Welfare and Norstat.

A total of 1,012 economically active respondents were surveyed with the aim of clarifying the attitudes of employees towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace team. Survey results show that 41% of those surveyed admit to having worked with someone with disabilities. More than half say a colleague has had either a mobility disability or a disability without visible signs. It also reflects the current situation that people with mental disabilities are employed significantly less frequently.

61% of those surveyed say that they would treat colleagues with disabilities in the same way as any other colleague, while 33% would be encouraging. Only 6% said that they would not be comfortable with such a colleague and would avoid communicating.

While the overall attitudes of those surveyed are inclusive, there are still some prejudices against the inclusion of a colleague with disabilities in the team.

The majority of those surveyed (83%) pointed out that the inclusion of people with disabilities in the working environment is self-evident, desirable and improving the internal climate, while 10% consider that employing such people is a burden on the employer and colleagues. As the most significant shortcomings, they mention they do not believe that a disabled worker can be productive and that colleagues would end up doing their job.

Similarly, 83% say that they would be willing to engage in supporting the inclusion of a disabled person in the collective and initially assist with job execution and advice, 12% say that providing assistance would depend on what disability is for that person, while 5% admit that it would not help at all.

According to the results obtained, the Ministry concludes that people with disabilities are still being divided. Fewer prejudices are against people with reduced mobility, more against people with mental, visual and hearing disabilities.

The Ministry of Welfare also published tips for employees and employers regarding inclusion of disabled people in the workplace environment.

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