Well then. Here I am, once again, lying in my bed in my living room, and I am so bored. There has to be more to life than watching day-time TV, playing Solitaire and Candy Crush on my computer and waiting for my carers to visit to make me a cup of tea. I’ve had enough. My life needs a purpose.
I used to have this, before my disability worsened and I was restricted to the prospect of a life to be spent, largely, in my bed. I used to work, and I loved it. I might have complained about having to get up in the morning. I might have complained about the phone on my desk that never stopped ringing. I might have complained about my struggles with public transport but I loved it. It made me feel fulfilled and useful. Unlike the way I feel now.
So that is why this blog is going to be different from my other blogs. This is why this blog is going to be an appeal for help. This is why I want to do something to help myself, and others in a similar situation, to find a job and work if we want and are able to do so.
The main problem I have with work these days is the fact that I am stuck in a bed, at home, most of the time. I don’t get to go out very much. I don’t even get the chance to get up much, and, as a result, going into an office on a daily basis would be a complete no-no. What I need is for someone to offer me something productive I can do without having to get up at all.
When I think back to the time when I could go out to work and they type of thing I used to do every day, the vast majority were jobs that could have been done remotely if necessary. In fact, this is exactly what I did when I was recovering from my mastectomy three years ago. My understanding employer sent me work I could do at home such as telephone advice work, technical writing for factsheets and data-entry in vital monitoring databases. All things I did daily at my desk in the City but all things that could be done just as easily from anywhere, given the right technology.
And this is what this begging blog is about.
Why can’t employers start thinking more about the roles they have in their workplaces and start considering whether or not they actually need employees to be physically present to undertake those roles. How much of this work could be done by someone working remotely, using mainly email, conference calling and Skype? I am sure that much of what people do in offices nationwide could be done, just as efficiently, by someone working from home. I want to start an agency where disabled people, who want to work but who are unable to go out, can find roles they can do and for forward-thinking employers who would like to employ us can advertise those roles. I am asking employers to start doing some, to use management speak, ‘Blue Sky Thinking’ and start considering whenever they are advertising a new role in their business, whether it is a role that needs to be done from an office or, as was the case for the work I did for my old employer, whether it is something that can be done by someone working remotely. There are so many talented and well-qualified disabled people who would love to be able to work and who would be an asset to any company but who are restricted to their homes, through no fault of their own, by their impairments.
It is time to start rethinking the work we all do and adapting to the advancements of the twenty-first century. There is no longer a need for all employees to be stuck behind a desk in an office, there are so many things that can be done in so many ways by an employee who is working from somewhere else.
Disabled people are keen, if the are able, to take a more active role in society. We have the technology, let us use it. We just need the opportunity. There is no need for us to be left in our beds with nothing more productive we can do but surf the net and chatter on social media every day, all day. There is more to life than that and many of us are keen to play our part.
Give us a chance to show you what we can do, you won’t regret it.