As the talent marketplace has evolved to include a broader, dispersed and remote workforce, an entirely new challenge has been brought to the forefront around workplace accessibility. What does accessibility mean in the world of remote work? Remote work is more than just a perk for high-performing teams. It’s fundamental to making work accessible.
The New Remote Workforce
A report from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that there has been a major upward trend in the amount of people working remotely in the U.S. In the span of one year, from 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. Over the last five years, it grew 44% and over the previous 10 years it grew 91%.
One in four Americans has a disability (CDC), also this 2017 Center for Talent Innovation report found that 30% of white-collar employees have a disability. The numbers are similar across gender, race, and generation.
There are clear business incentives for transitioning to remote teams—less office space overhead, employing people in lower cost of living areas—but remote work impacts more than just the bottom line. Remote work makes work more accessible for one of the most underserved groups of people in America, and by doing so, gives employers access to a potential talent pool of more than 10 million people. Read more here…