Questionnaire on Disability and Employment_ the Employers Perspective by Levone

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     Questionnaire on Disability and Employment, the Employers’ Perspective

The purpose of this study and questionnaire is to provide information to the European
Commission on the experiences of employers and potential employers of disabled people.
It should be completed either by a member of your Personnel staff or by a line
manager with responsibility for 5 or more staff members.

Completion of this questionnaire is entirely voluntary. Please feel free to leave out any
questions you would rather not answer and also to use extra pages if you need more
space. All information will be stored and used anonymously. We are registered with the
Data Protection office of the University of Glasgow.

Q.     Question                                    Answer                              Code
No                                                                                     for
                                                                                       office
                                                                                       use
                                                                                       only
Q1     Which of these best describes you?          Personnel Specialist                1
       Circle one                                  Other line manager                  2

       ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION

Q2     Where is your organization located?         Throughout Scotland                 1
       Circle one                                  Glasgow/Strathclyde                 2
                                                   Edinburgh/Lothians                  3
                                                   Other urban area in Scotland        4
                                                   Rural area in Scotland              5
Q4     How many people approximately does your     Less than 15                        1
       organization employ in total in Scotland?   15-100                              2
       Circle one                                  More than 100                       3
Q5     And how many does the company employ in     Less than 15
       total over the whole of the UK?             15-100
       Circle one                                  More than 100
Q6     What is your main business?                 Agriculture, forestry               1
       Circle one                                  Fishing                             2
                                                   Mining and quarrying                3
                                                   Manufacturing                       4
                                                   Electricity, gas and water supply   5
                                                   Construction                        6
                                                   Wholesale/retail/ repair            7
                                                   Hotels and restaurants              8
                                                   Transport/storage/communication     9
                                                   Finance                             10
                                                   Real estate/renting/business        11
                                                   services                            12
                                                   Public administration               13
                                                   Education                           14
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                                                     Health and Social Work               15
                                                     Other community, social and
                                                     personal services                    16
                                                     Other (Specify)

      POLICY
Q7    Do you have any policy which covers the        Yes                                  1
      employment of disabled people in this          [If yes, could you send us a copy,
      organisation?                                  please?]                             2
                                                     No
Q8    IF YES AT Q7: Is this written or unwritten?    Written                              1
                                                     Unwritten                            2
                                                     Don‟t know                           3
Q9    How is the policy monitored?                   Formally                             1
                                                     Informally Other                     2
                                                     Don‟t know                           3
Q10   Which, if any, of these is included in your    Recruitment                          1
      formal policy on the employment of disabled    Training and development             2
      people?                                        Promotion                            3
      Circle one                                     Sickness or absence                  4
                                                     management                           5
                                                     Redundancy or termination
                                                     Encouraging the retention of         6
                                                     employees who become disabled
                                                     or whose disability worsens          7
                                                     Promoting disability awareness       8
                                                     among employees generally
                                                     Monitoring number of people with     9
                                                     disabilities
                                                     Monitoring practices towards         10
                                                     disabled employees                   11
                                                     Equipment/personal support for       12
                                                     disabled employees
                                                     Adapting working hours as            13
                                                     necessary                            14
                                                     Adapting working patterns as         15
                                                     necessary
                                                     Consulting with disabled
                                                     employees on their needs
                                                     Other (Please specify)
                                                     None of these
Q11   Overall, how aware do you think the line       Fully aware                          1
      managers are in this company of the policy     Partially aware                      2
      on the employment of people with               Not aware                            3
      disabilities?
       Circle one

Q12   Thinking now specifically about recruitment,   Yes, written policy                  1
      does your workplace have a formal policy       Yes, unwritten policy                2
      regarding the recruitment and employment of    No policy                            3
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      people with disabilities?                      Don‟t know                          4
      Circle one
Q13   Which of the following best describes your     We actively encourage job           1
      organisation‟s attitudes towards the           applications from disabled people
      recruitment of disabled people?                We have no particular view or       2
      Circle one                                     policy for or against recruiting
                                                     disabled people                     3
                                                     We see some jobs as more
                                                     suitable for disabled people than   4
                                                     others
                                                     We would not consider recruiting    5
                                                     a disabled person                   6
                                                     Other (PLEASE SPECIFY)
                                                     Don‟t know
Q14   How do you seek to recruit people with         Specific request to                 1
      disabilities?                                  Jobcentre/Careers Office            2
      Circle one                                     Job advertisements welcoming
                                                     disabled applicants                 3
                                                     Notify Disability Employment        4
                                                     Adviser                             5
                                                     Two tick symbol in job              6
                                                     advertisements
                                                     Notifying a voluntary workplace
                                                     Other methods (please specify)
Q15   Does your organization have the “Two Tick “    Yes, always                         1
      symbol on job advertisements                   Yes, sometimes                      2
      Circle one                                     No                                  3
                                                     Don‟t Know                          4
Q16   IF YOU ANSWERED YES AT Q15, does this          All vacancies                       1
      apply to:                                      A specified range of vacancies      2
      Circle one                                     Specific vacancies on a case-by-    3
                                                     case basis
Q17   Do you use an “equal opportunities employer”   Yes                                 1
      statement or similar in your job               No                                  2
      advertisements?                                Don‟t know                          3
      Circle one

      EXPERIENCE OF DISABLED EMPLOYEES
Q25   In your view, that is using your own           Yes                                 1
      understanding of „disability‟, are there       No                                  2
      currently any disabled employees in your
      workplace?
      Circle one
Q26   IF YES at Q25: How many disabled
      employees are there?
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Q27   There are many definitions of disability, but I   Yes                                     1
      would like you to think of people with long       No                                      2
      term health problems which make it difficult      Don‟t know                              3
      for them to do some everyday things whether
      this affects their work or not. As well as
      including people in wheelchairs, or those who
      are blind, partially sighted or deaf, we would
      also include things that might not be so
      obvious, such as diabetes, heart disease,
      back problems, dyslexia, or a mental illness.
      Are there any people employed in your
      workplace who have a long term disability or
      health problem of this type?
      Circle one
Q28   If you answered NO at Q27 ,please go to
      Q59

      IF you answered YES at Q27: Putting
      together the two definitions, how many
      people with disabilities do you employ in total
      ?

Q29 Are any of the employees with disability are        Yes                                     1
    aged under 25?                                      No                                      2
    Circle one
Q30 Can you now please think about the most             Routine. Unskilled operations           1
    recent member of staff at your place of work        Operative and assembly occupations      2
    who is disabled that you have recruited.            Sales occupations                       3
    Which of these occupations is the                   Craft and skilled service occupations   4
    sick/disabled person that you recruited             Clerical and Secretarial occupations    5
    engaged in?                                         Semi-professional and Technical         6
     Circle one                                         occupations                             7
                                                        Professional occupations                8
                                                        Managers and Administrative             9
                                                        occupations                             10
                                                        Other
                                                        Don‟t know
Q31 And what changes, if any, has your
      workplace made to the job or to the working
      environment or working conditions to enable
      you to employ him/her?
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Q32 Did your organization do any of the            a Provide special equipment                1
      following?                                   b Modify workplace/premises                2
      Circle all that apply                        c Provide flexible working patterns or     3
                                                   working hours
                                                   d Alter job/ workplace (eg by
                                                   transferring a disabled person to          4
                                                   another job or redesigning working
                                                   duties)                                    5
                                                   e Employ job sharing                       6
                                                   f Use home-working                         7
                                                   g Allow for special leave necessitated
                                                   because of the disability
                                                   h Provide additional on-the-job support    8
                                                   or assistance (eg provision of
                                                   interpreters/signers for a person with a   9
                                                   hearing impairment)                        10
                                                   i Provide training/retraining              11
                                                   j Provide counselling
                                                   k „Partnering‟ them up with a non-         12
                                                   disabled person or mentor                  13
                                                   l Other (please specify)
                                                   m No changes
Q33 IF ANY CHANGES WERE MADE:                      Very easy                                  1
    In practice, how easy was it to make the       Quite easy                                 2
    necessary adjustments?                         Neither easy nor difficult                 3
    Circle one                                     Quite difficult                            4
                                                   Very difficult                             5
Q35 The steps you have made may have resulted a We regard the cost of any such                1
    in an additional direct cost for your          adjustment(s) as part of our normal
    workplace. Which of these statements best      costs                                      2
    describes your company‟s attitude to this cost b We recognise there is an additional
    for a new employee?                            cost, but we deliberately do not attempt
                                                   to quantify the amount                     3
    Circle one                                     c We recognise that there is an
                                                   additional cost, but we have not thought
                                                   it necessary to quantify the amount        4
                                                   d We have identified and quantified the
                                                   additional cost arising from the
                                                   adjustment(s)                              5
                                                   e The adjustments did not lead to any
                                                   additional cost
Q36 How much did it cost you to make the           Nil                                        1
    adjustments for this new employee at your      Up to £100]                                2
    work place? Please exclude grants or other     £100-1,000                                 3
                    rd
    income from 3 parties but include costs        Over £1,000                                4
    incurred in structural or other physical
    changes to the premises, job redesign, or the
    provision of assistance by a support worker.
    Circle one
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    IF YOUR ORGANISATION HAS NO
    DISABLED EMPLOYEES
Q59 If your workplace does not employ/recruit        No-one with a disability has applied for   1
    people with disabilities, is this because:       employment in the workplace
    Circle any that apply                            Some have applied, but not been            2
                                                     recruited, on grounds other than their
                                                     disability
                                                     Some have applied, but not been            3
                                                     recruited due to their disability, which
                                                     was a barrier for a particular job
                                                     Some have been employed in the past,       4
                                                     but subsequently left                      5
                                                     Other                                      6
                                                     Don‟t know

    ALL RESPONDENTS
Q60 What benefits or advantages, if any, does
    your workplace see in the
    recruitment/employment of people with
    disabilities?

Q61 Thinking about any of your employees with        Describe                                   1
      disabilities, for whom you have made any
      kind of adjustments (physical or
      organizational), could you tell me about any
      example where you think your organization
      has had a particularly good experience, or
      displayed „good practice‟.




                                                     None.                                      2
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Q61b Can we use this example in our            Yes, anonymously                                 1
       database?                               Yes, referring to your organization by name      2
       If you are willing for us to mention    No
       your organisation‟s name when                                                            3
       describing this good example (e.g.
       in reports or on our website), please
       provide a name and address of a
       person from whom we can obtain
       written permission:

       Name……………………..

       Organisation…………………

       Address………………………
       PERCEPTIONS
       Strongly agree =1 / Agree = 2 /         Write number in right-hand column to show how
       Neither agree nor disagree = 3 /        strongly you agree or disagree with each
       Disagree= 4 / Strongly disagree= 5      statement

Q62    The employment of disabled people       a Making adjustment(s) for an employee who
       may also have some costs and            becomes disabled often costs less than
       benefits for your business. How         recruiting a new employee.
       strongly do you agree or disagree       b People with disabilities tend to have better
       with the following statements?          attendance and punctuality records.
                                               c The recruitment/retention of an employee
                                               who is or becomes disabled has a positive
                                               effect on staff relations and morale.
                                               d The recruitment/retention of an employee
                                               who is or becomes disabled has a positive
                                               effect on the company‟s public image.
                                               e It would not be appropriate to have a
                                               disabled employee in a post dealing face to
                                               face with clients/customers
                                               f Most staff may feel uncomfortable if they
                                               were asked to work with a disabled person
                                               g Adjustments made for disabled employees
                                               can be beneficial for other people also i.e.
                                               other employees, disabled customers
                                               h Disabled employees tend to be less
                                               productive
                                               i Disabled employees require additional
                                               j Disabled employees create additional
                                               workload for personnel/HR staff management
                                               and supervisory time
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    THE DISABILITY
    DISCRIMINATION ACT
Q67 The Disability Discrimination Act           Yes                                                1
    1995 introduced new rights for              No                                                 2
    employees with disabilities or long         Don‟t know/not sure                                3
    term health problems. Have you
    heard of the Act?
    Circle one
Q68 The part of the Act dealing with            Covered                                            1
    disabled employees contains                 Exempt                                             2
    exemptions for certain employers.           Don‟t know/not sure                                3
    As far as you know, does the part of
    the Act dealing with disabled
    employees apply to your
    organisation, or are you exempt
    from this part?
    Circle one
Q70 Why do you think your organisation          a Reason to do with the size (no. of employees)    1
    is covered?                                 of the organisation
    Circle one                                  b Reason to do with the type/sector of the         2
                                                organisation
                                                c Assumed that all organisations covered           3
                                                d Just assumed that this organisation was          4
                                                covered
                                                e Was told by another business/organisation that   5
                                                they were covered
                                                f Other reason (specify)                           6
Q71 Why do you say that you are                 a Reason to do with the size (no. of employees)    1
      exempt?                                   of the organisation
      Circle one                                b Reason to do with the type/sector of the         2
                                                organisation
                                                c Just assumed that this organisation was          3
                                                exempt
                                                d Was told by another business/organisation that   4
                                                they were exempt                                   5
                                                e Other reason (specify)
Q72 As you may know, the DDA gives              Strongly in favour of the Act                      1
      new rights to disabled employees,         Broadly in favour of the Act                       2
      and in particular it places a duty to     Neither in favour nor against the Act              3
      all employers with 15 or more             Broadly against the Act                            4
      employees not to treat disabled           Strongly against the Act                           5
      employees or potential employees          Don‟t know                                         6
      less favourably than others for
      reasons related to their disability. It
      also places an obligation on such
      employers to make a „reasonable
      adjustment‟ to the workplace or to
      working arrangements to assist a
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      disabled person to do the job. Which
      of the following best describes your
      attitude towards this Act and the
      duties it places on employers? Are
      you …?
      Circle one
Q73   A new service (sometimes known as        Yes                                         1
      the New Deal for Disabled People)        No                                          2
      has been set up that helps disabled
      people who are on incapacity benefit
      back into work. The service aims to
      identify different ways of helping
      those on incapacity benefits to move
      out of economic inactivity and into
      lasting employment and support
      those in work who are at risk of
      losing their jobs due to the onset of
      disability. Have you ever used such
      a service?
      Circle one
Q75   Disability Service Teams (DST) of        Yes                                         1
      the Employment Service aim to            No                                          2
      provide a coherent employment            Don‟t know                                  3
      advice and assessment service for
      employers and disabled people.
      Their services are accessed through
      the local JobCentre. Their remit is to
      advise employers and disabled
      people on the help and support
      which is available through
      government schemes such as
      Access to Work and the Supported
      Employment Programme. Have you
      ever heard of Disability Service
      Teams?
      Circle one
Q78   The Access to Work Programme is          Yes                                         1
      delivered by the Employment              No                                          2
      Service. It aims to provide support to   Don‟t know                                  3
      overcome the effects of disability at
      work, so that disabled people can
      participate in mainstream
      employment.
      Have you heard of this programme?
      Circle one
Q81   The Supported Employment                 Yes                                         1
      Programme (SEP) provides job             No                                          2
      support to people with disabilities      Don‟t know                                  3
      who face complex barriers to getting
      or keeping a job, but who can work
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    effectively with the right support. It
    provides opportunities for disabled
    people to work in a supportive
    environment and where possible to
    progress in mainstream
    employment.
    Have you heard of this programme?
    Circle one
Q82 And finally do you yourself have any     Yes                                           1
    long term illness or disability?         No                                            2
    Circle one

THANK YOU for your help.
All the information gathered in this survey will be used as anonymous statistics, without
any reference to your organisation’s identity, unless you have given us permission to quote
your example of good practice. You can contact us with any queries at the address below.

Please return this questionnaire to:

Dr Nina Baker
Dept of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Rankine Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12

Email: ninab@elec.gla.ac.uk

Our website is:

http://www.elec.gla.ac.uk/projects/Leonardo/leonardo/

								
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