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DISABILITY AS AN ASSET IN THE WORKPLACE
I was just reading an article about perceptions of how employers hire employees with or without disabilities in terms of skills like multitasking. It indicated that although some employers want employees who can produce a lot of work in a short amount of time, this may only be true for certain jobs. Many employers, however, speak favorably of workers with a disability because they focus on one task at a time and getting it done right ( DiLeo, 2014).
We talk a lot about this very thing during meetings of our Career Development Program. What are ways we can turn “faults” into assets in the workplace?
Multitasking is just one of the disabilities we discuss. We talk about job interviews and how to answer questions. When an employer asks if the prospective employee is good at multitasking, he can respond, “I’m very good at focusing on one task and getting it done well”.
Survivors might think of their disability as only a roadblock, but it’s important to remember the positives as well. For one, I notice that survivors my age are some of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. Our generation is known as one who has a false sense of entitlement and who do not work hard at a job while still expecting good returns. However, with survivors this is most often not the case. Maybe it’s a deeper appreciation for being able to do everyday things or maybe it’s a stubborn attitude of not letting someone or something else dictate what you can or cannot do, but survivors want to work and even like to work.
To me, this can compensate immensely for not being the quickest at a task or even for something like a bad memory. Survivors are most often times very aware of the areas that they lack and if it’s an essential part of a job, they can adapt to make it work for them.
Careers can be intimidating for anyone, let alone someone who has limitations but knowing how to address these issues and knowing that the ability to overcome them is important to survivors can be instrumental to success in the workplace.
DiLeo, Dale. Overcoming the multi-tasking bias of employers in hiring. 27 Feb. 2014. Ending Disability Segregation. Retrieved from: http://raymondsroom.blogspot.com/2014/02/overcoming-multi-tasking-bias-o...