Employee Accommodations in Small Business Organizations
AbstractBecause of limited financial and human resources, small entrepreneurial organizations often struggle to meet work accommodation needs of their employees. Further complicating this challenge is an absence of professional human resource expertise and procedures to guide accommodation decision making. As a result, accommodations frequently carry with them more unintended negative consequences for co-workers than would otherwise be necessary or desirable. While many of these small organizations are not legally mandated to provide accommodations, their employees still have occasions where accommodations are needed and considered to be appropriate. Entrepreneurial organizations need creative and practical strategies to meet such needs. To address these concerns, many factors should be considered and incorporated into organizational responses to such requests. A model discussing these factors is proposed and suggestions for implementing accommodations in a manner which minimizes negative impacts are described.
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