Title: Productivity and disability: the need to modify work standards

Authors: Anand Subramanian, Anil Mital

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072, USA. ' Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072, USA

Abstract: About 14% of the adult population in the USA is disabled (either partially or totally). There is a continuous influx of partially disabled population into the workforce. This results in a growing need to rehabilitate and provide better working conditions for the disabled individuals at the work place. This has not only necessitated a change in approach but also the need to investigate and analyse the economic implications on the functioning of the business model. Productivity measurement is a key element in understanding the social and economic well-being. This paper reviews the need to understand the relationship between productivity and the disabled individual. The goal here is to understand how the disability has a direct impact on the productivity of the organisation and the creation of accurate work standards can help determine this productivity-disability relationship.

Keywords: productivity measurement; disability; economic well-being; work standards; fair day|s work; disabled adults; partially disabled.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2009.023188

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2009 Vol.4 No.2, pp.212 - 227

Available online: 13 Feb 2009 *

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