In terms of the workplace, the word “accessibility” or “accessible” has generally denoted an “open-door policy” or a method of movement for those with disabilities – basically, a way to access someone or something. The evolution of the workforce and the diversity of its employees, environment and demands have expanded the definition of accessibility to include the application of the word to relationships, work space options and technologies. Using accessibility as a measurement for flexible work solutions can be one of the best quality assurance steps a health care company can make.
The concept of ‘accessible work’ forces partners with our commitment to offer choices to their clients, residents and patients. If we as employers expect our employees to offer choices and flexibility as part of care and services, we must also offer the same accessible choices to employees. This is not to suggest that we enable a workforce that is without boundaries, but consider the following options: