The Evolution of the Workplace – Fability Pty Ltd

For years Companies have followed the 9-5 working hour schedule. We have congested peak hour traffic from 07h00am, employees rushing to get to their desks. Public Transport systems are packed to the max capacity, then …. the clock strikes 09h00am – silence on the platforms and roads begin to clear. As a person with a disability, whose job is at stake should they arrive 5 minutes late, this chaotic and fast pace hustle every morning and afternoon can become a nightmare. It demotivates the individual.

Fability has compiled notes and focus points. Flexible hours, Virtual Reality and Remote offices are beginning to trend around the world. Could this help the South African economy?

1) What are the benefits of remote offices and virtual communication?

Instead of competing for ideal-priced office locations (and space) in major cities, many companies are finding a new and inventive way of lowering overhead costs. Another added plus is the success in building a best-in-class recruitment operation for hiring top-line employees from across the country with virtual companies.

Remote-based companies are finding talent far superior to what is available in a crowded and competitive hyper-local field.

2) Why are 2% targets consisting of staff with disabilities not reached for many companies? What are the retention strategies?

Disabled staff members leave jobs for many reasons, they leave for reasons beyond their control such as Transportation and Accessibility in buildings. Shocking. Some of these members are excelling in the positions and make significant contributions with their skills. But, there is more focus on the member getting to work late rather than on the pool of skills. This puts the staff member at risk of losing their job. We begin questioning, are Companies focusing on outputs or seeing a staff member behind a desk?

Retention strategies should include flexibility and remote offices – working from home with tools to contribute constructively to the Employer.

3) How do we train learners to become Entrepreneurs should they be unsuccessful in landing jobs?

We need to add more Entrepreneurial Courses rather than Admin and Frontline material. Train learners to become self-sustainable, manage finances, grow their concepts and how to market themselves in a digital world.

4) How does Society benefit?

Millions of women with professional skills and creativity that could be enhancing our business culture are stay at home moms. Unfortunately, because of the lack of flexible options for moms, many of these women choose to leave the workforce completely — often not entirely by choice, but out of necessity. Through remote offices, women get to keep their jobs with the flexibility to manage households.

Skilled Disabled individuals become less reliant on Social Welfare and more self-sustainable with flexible secure jobs.

Businesses grow, job creation doubles in numbers without costing Companies larger office space.

Accessibility for disabled staff on the premises can cost large amounts, every disability is unique and requires different assistive devices. This reduces spend on rebuilding office spaces.

Public Transport for Disabled staff members becomes a challenge and results in individuals resigning. This reduces costs for the individual tremendously.