An exploratory study of barriers to inclusion in the European workplace

Louise Moody, Janet Saunders, Marjan Leber, Marzena Wojcik-Augustyniak, Marek Szajczyk, Natasa Rebernik

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Background: The European Disability Strategy (2010–2020) seeks to significantly raise the proportion of people with disabilities working in the open labour market. The ERGO WORK project is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners in six European countries, focused on understanding and tackling barriers to workplace inclusion for workers with disabilities. Method: This study sought to explore the perceptions and needs of stakeholders in terms of workplace adaptation to the needs of employees with disabilities. An exploratory online survey was completed by 480 participants across six countries. Results: The analysis suggests that workplaces could be further improved to meet the needs of employees with considerable scope for training within companies to raise awareness about employees’ needs, employers’ obligations and workplace adaptation. Conclusions: This snapshot suggests there is still a gap between intent and reality in workplace inclusion and further strategies are needed to improve the opportunities for employees with disabilities. The paper argues that ergonomics may have a key role to play in tackling these challenges and adapting the workplace environment and job design to suit the needs of individual employees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2047-2054
Number of pages8
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number20
Early online date24 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Workplace inclusion
  • ergonomics
  • Europe
  • stakeholder survey


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