Last month, Business Disability Forum published the findings from Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey for 2023. Four years on from the inaugural survey the results are as revealing today as they were in 2019.
The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey, sponsored and supported by Microlink, is Business Disability Forum’s study of the experience of disabled employees, managers, and senior leaders of requesting, making, and reviewing adjustments for disabled employees. It was previously run in 2019.
Nearly 1,500 disabled employees and 400 managers responded to our 2023 survey and the findings were published in June.
- 78 per cent of disabled employees told us they, rather than their employer, had to initiate the process of getting adjustments.
- 58 per cent of employees said getting the adjustments they needed was due to how assertive and confident they are to ask for that support.
- 56 per cent of disabled employees said there are still disability related barriers in the workplace after adjustments have been made.
- Only 37 per cent of disabled employees feel their employer is genuine about removing all disability-related barriers and making the workplace inclusive for disabled employees.
- Only 18 per cent of disabled employees said their adjustments have removed all barriers in the workplace.
- 10 per cent of disabled employees said it was easy to get the adjustments they needed.
- The speed of getting adjustments has improved by 4 per cent since 2019. But 1 in 8 disabled employees are waiting over a year to get the adjustments they need.