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New Online Resources on Workplace Flexibility and an Inclusive, Accessible, and Equitable Workplace Culture

In recent years, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, workplace flexibility, in terms of where, when, and how work is done, has become increasingly common. These policies “support and attract many workers with disabilities.” Many organizations are offering employees more choices and seeking to create workplace environments that are more inclusive, accessible, and equitable. A new webpage published by the Employee Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) describes the benefits of workplace flexibility. As organizations consider whether flexible workplace practices will be permanent, it is important to ensure that they are accessible and equitable, as well as sustainable. Workplace flexibility is beneficial to people with and without disabilities. Benefits include accommodating transportation needs, controlling the workplace and pace to boost productivity, and the ability to secure work in a larger geographic area with remote employment possibilities, to name a few. Many individuals with disabilities have found this flexibility particularly advantageous. This resource aims to help employers understand the advantages of a flexible workplace, types of flexibility, and what to consider when developing and implementing workplace policies. Three accompanying issue briefs elaborate specifically on the intersecting issues of workplace flexibility and caregiving, transportation, and equity. To find out more, visit the new webpage, which includes links to the issue briefs, to Learn how workplace flexibility helps creates an inclusive, accessible, and equitable workplace culture.