As a business owner, it’s important that you follow all the rules and laws relating to proper hiring and employment practices. However, if you want to have a reputation as a company that truly takes care of their employees and become a dream employer for potential new hires, you should aim to go above and beyond when it comes to accommodating those with injuries, special needs, or unique circumstances. So to help you do this, here are three things you can do that will help your company better serve those who have special circumstances or additional needs.


Be Flexible

If you want to be able to hire people from all walks of life, you need to make it possible for them to work for you and find success. One way you can do this is to be flexible with their unique set of problems or needs. According to Susan M. Heathfield, a contributor to The Balance, this includes having the option for a more flexible schedule, making travel an option, giving reduced amount of responsibilities, and more. By being willing to change things when problems are presented, you’ll make it a lot easier for people with disabilities to work for you.


Bend The Rules When Necessary

Although most businesses have rules for specific purposes, generally a little bending of those rules on a case-by-case basis may make it easier for you to find success with hiring employees with special needs or circumstances. Especially if you have an employee who has been injured or become pregnant, Adrienne Fox, a contributor to, shares that you should make it possible to bend rules relating to how long someone should be standing during the day or rules allowing for a certain number of breaks per day. If you are in a situation like this, bending the rule for specific employees makes sense so that they can continue to be successful employees while keeping you out of legal trouble.


Check In Occasionally

For employees who have an injury or illness that requires additional accommodation, it’s a good idea for you to check in on them from time to time to ensure they’re getting the assistance they need. Also, according to Laura Williams, a contributor to, checking in occasionally will also allow you to change accommodations when necessary, whether this means adding more help or reigning in some of the help you previously offered. This will ensure that your employees are given the tools they need for success without taking advantage of your generosity.

If you want to be a more accommodating employer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.

By Eddy

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