Organizational-Cultural Elements for Improved Workplace Performance of Disabled Individuals

Organizational-Cultural Elements for Improved Workplace Performance of Disabled Individuals

Halis Sakız (Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0058-3.ch014
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This chapter embarks from the increasing number of disabled individuals in private companies and public institutions and examines the working conditions of disabled employees in these organizations. Although this case is relevant to a considerable number of international contexts, the author focuses on Turkey as a case, illustrative of countries going through similar processes. The author starts by providing an introduction followed by literature on organizational culture. Next, the author discusses the recent legislation regarding the employment of disabled individuals and discusses with literature on their workplace performance. Next, the author focuses on the relationships between the organizational culture and workplace performance of disabled employees. Finally, the author concludes by recommendations for future practice to enhance performance of disabled employees and future research to conduct robust studies in the area. The chapter assumes that organizations can enhance performance of everyone by creating an inclusive culture surrounded by elements involving positive attitudes, equity, equality, and beliefs of productivity.
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Workplace Culture

The workplace is often considered as the second most important social unit in a person’s life, following the family (Irvine & Lupart, 2008). The workplace of individuals is similar to and part of their social environment whereby they share common feelings, norms and behaviors (Attridge, 2009). Within their workplace, individuals belong to the same environment, share a common vision, and assume several missions towards the achievement of the same organizational aims.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Culture: Culture is defined as the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.

Disability: A disability is any continuing condition that restricts everyday activities.

Workplace Performance: Workplace performance involves the work-related activities expected of an employee and how well those activities were executed.

Organizational Culture: Organizational culture involves the ways members of an organization think, interact and behave that contribute to the social and emotional climate of the organization.

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