Bridge to Employment: Telecommuting
Utilize Telecommuting as a Flexible Work Option
One of greatest employment barriers for many people with disabilities is the lack of dependable and reliable transportation. Another barrier to employment for many people with disabilities is the lack of necessary work supports to ensure success. Telecommuting provides companies with the opportunity to successfully integrate workers with disabilities for whom the traditional workplace presents obstacles. Through the use of telecommuting, many businesses wanting to keep employees with disabilities on the job have:
- Retained valued employee talent
- Reduced employee turnover and recruitment costs
- Controlled the rising cost of disability benefits
- Complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A well designed telecommuting program can offer businesses an opportunity to save money while increasing productivity.
The following resources may be of assistance as you set-up and manage your telework program:
Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education (MITE). http://www.mite.org/ MITE has trained over 10,000 employers via customized training, group presentations, and its acclaimed four-part seminar series. They have developed a suite of products that include a 240-page implementation manual, telecommuter video, and a comprehensive telework policy agreement. MITE specializes in the areas of:
- employment law and liability issues
- start-up strategies
- technical and remote office setup
- supervisory issues
- evaluation and productivity metrics
- development of company telecommuting policies