Dutch companies scared to employ disabled people

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About 40,000 disabled people remain jobless because organisations fear they will demand too much attention if employed.

18 September 2008

THE NETHERLANDS -- A survey by a Dutch market research company has revealed that 40,000 young disabled people remain unemployed because the business community is too scared to take them on.

Market research company TNS NIPO says many organisations fear that employing a disabled person will take up too much of their time and attention. But that is completely dependent upon the individual, says TNS NIPO.

The research company has now set up a website where companies can discuss with each other what is involved in offering a job to someone with a disability.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

2 Comments To This Article

  • res posted:

    on 2nd June 2009, 21:03:02 - Reply

    do you know Mariska Kula?
  • historytechdoc posted:

    on 18th September 2008, 12:43:09 - Reply

    "The research company has now set up a website where companies can discuss with each other what is involved in offering a job to someone with a disability."

    Yes, and the hyperlink to this site is?

    Dutch firms have a long way to go before they can match the percentage of disabled workers successfully employed in other developed countries like the U.S.

    The underlying problem for all employees here is that there is simply too much stress. This is caused by a couple of factors. First of all, too many firms are using placement firms (uitzendbureaus) instead of hiring employees directly. Most often even those employees hired directly are seldom working 100% or 1.0 FTE (Full Time Equivalency), but rather some often small fraction of a full-time job.

    Therefore, employees who need the income of a 100% job are by necessity required to knit together 2 or more part-time jobs to make ends meet, often having divided jobs work hours occurring on the same day or days.

    This can cause abnormal stress for employees trying to exit one job and head for another. It also adds to the amount of traffic congestion and the accompanying road-rage that follows.

    In addition, since the average workweek has been largely reduced to a few hours less than 40, employers tend to want to have the same amount of work accomplished in less time than was performed with 40 in the past. This practice puts a squeeze on employees and leaves them little time for the former rest-breaks and short social chats that used to take place and provide an atmosphere conducive to lower stress levels.

    Taking all the above into consideration, disabled personnel have a difficult time coping with such level of jobs fracturing and workload stress. The merry-go-round of fellow employees leaves little time for other employees to help train the disabled nor other new workers for that matter.

    Even with all the business subsidies available from the hiring of the disabled, firms still are seldom willing to hire them. It is for these reasons that firms receiving such subsidies should be required to keep at least 80% of their staff fully 100% employed. This policy would make it easier for the disabled to better fit in and for other employees to be able to take the time to help train their disabled co-workers.