The importance of work in people’s life

“Productivity is the act of doing what’s most worth your time”.
This quote highlights the significance of work in our lives. Work is very important because it gives our lives meaning and purpose and provides us with feelings of self-reward, self-confidence, accomplishment, and contribution to society and the world. Work is also a significant feature in structuring our personal and social identities. Moreover, employment is translated into a way of making money which means that the person who works can make choices and have access to several goods, activities, and services that wouldn’t be able to without a monthly salary.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fewer U.S. individuals with disabilities were employed in 2020 with a total employment rate of 17.9%, down from 19.3% in 2019, which is translated to an unemployment rate of 12.6% for persons with a disability, the highest such mark in seven years. This proves that persons with disabilities remain a highly stigmatized population in terms of employment and that’s the reason why they are frequently not considered potential members of the workforce. Employers’ perceptions, fear, lack of awareness, myths, and prejudice continue to limit the inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities in the workplace.
In addition, according to literature, some of the recognized barriers to employment for people with disabilities appear to be stigma in the workplace, the employer’s limited understanding of different types of disabilities, and lack of knowledge of ways to support these people in terms of challenges or barriers they may face in the work environment, and/or provide them with reasonable work accommodations because they believe that they are too costly.
So why hire a person with a disability? Contrary to these notions, many companies who have hired people with disabilities are very satisfied with their job performance and high productivity. Furthermore, research has also shown that employees with disabilities exhibit greater loyalty and stay at jobs longer, thus reducing the time and cost involved in retraining and replacing personnel. Not to mention that employees with disabilities also tend to take fewer sick days, unlike workers without a disability. Other benefits reported by businesses open to hiring employees with disabilities include significant improvement in productivity and more diversity in the workplace. In other words, people with disabilities bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, and perspectives to the workplace while strengthening workplace morale and productivity through a more committed and diverse work setting.
Lastly, many people feel uncomfortable around people with disabilities, which usually derives from a lack of personal interaction with a person with a disability and a sense of awkwardness and uncertainty about how to act or speak around them. Therefore, hiring a person with a disability is a greater benefit for the employer, in terms of personal growth, to get to interact daily with this person, learn from their perspective and experience, and gain more awareness around disability, while providing this person with an equal employment opportunity.

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