As many employers look to continue remote e-working arrangements it is important to recognise that this may be ideal for some but not all.  What adjustments can be made to ensure both productivity and wellbeing as part of this transition?

This project aims to fill a gap in understanding the impact of remote e-working for People with Disability/Neurodiversity (PwD/N). This population of workers, 20% of the working population, might be overlooked by employers, therefore becoming invisible and unable to work in a way that best supports their needs and capabilities.

Through interviews with PwD/N, employers and other stakeholders this project will help to fill a gap in understanding of the experiences of remote e-working for PwD/N.  It will also offer insightful information for the design of policies and practices for inclusive work environments, including through production of a toolkit to support individuals, organisations and practitioners.

Research questions

There are three main research questions the project is aiming to address, each one targeting a specific group of informants involved in the research:

  1. PwD/N: What are the advantages and disadvantages of remote working for PwD/N, across public and private sectors?
  2. Employers: What are employers doing to facilitate inclusivity and visibility for PwD/N, who are remote working?
  3. Key stakeholders: What are the emerging issues for PwD/N in public and private sector settings, to remote working, and what are the key next steps to increasing inclusivity and visibility?

Method

  • Rapid literature review
  • Interviews with PwD/N, employers and stakeholders

Researchers

Principal investigator: Christine Grant (Coventry University)

Co-investigators: Carlo Tramontano (Coventry University), Maria Charalampous (Independent researcher), Sylwia Holmes (Coventry University), Carl Clarke (Vodafone)

Digit member: Emma Russell (University of Sussex Business School)

Research Outputs

Vodaphone news story (December 2021)

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