What Will the End of Remote Work Mean for Disabled Employees?

According to recent Morning Consult data, the percentage of employed U.S. employees who prefer to work remotely has slightly decreased over the past 12 months, while the percentage who choose to work in person has slightly climbed.

According to the January poll, 27% of employed U.S. individuals prefer to complete most of their job in a fully remote setting. This represents a 2% decrease from a year earlier in January 2022.

Additionally, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 27.5% of private-sector businesses stated that their employees worked from home or another remote location some or all of the time between August 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022.

In other words, 72.5% of businesses in the private sector, up from 60% in Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that only 27.5% of private-sector companies reported that their employees worked from home or another remote location some or all of the time between August 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022.

Big corporations have pushed their employees to return to the office since the beginning of 2023. Disney CEO Bob Iger ordered employees to return to the office four days a week on March 1. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced that employees must return to the office three days a week beginning next month.

Remote work has made employment more accessible for disabled people. Beka Anardi was paralyzed in 2009. She rejoined the workforce thanks to a remote recruiting job. She now works full-time from her home in Washington.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 21.3 percent of disabled people were employed last year, up from 19.1% in 2021. This is the highest percentage ever recorded. Unfortunately, we are still more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people. The unemployment rate for disabled people is still triple that of non-disabled people.

During the beginning of the pandemic, remote work, remote schooling, and telemedicine suddenly became the norm. These are accommodations that disabled people must fight for and are frequently denied, although they would benefit them greatly.

Before the pandemic, the world was less accessible to those with disabilities. The fact that I could go back to feeling left behind scares me. Disabled people should have access to accommodations in the workforce all of the time.


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