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Role of Human Resource Management in Recruitment and Providing Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities in Sri Lanka

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M. M. S. M. Mudannayake ,

University of Kelaniya, LK
About M. M. S. M.
Department of Human Resource Management
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T. D. Weerasinghe

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies
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Abstract

Although the eighth goal of sustainable development emphasizes to promote employment and decent work for all, and the availability of Sri Lankan and international rules, legislation and policies encourage persons with disabilities (PwDs) to work in organizations having decent work, the literature shows that the majority of economically active PwDs in Sri Lanka still face barriers in employment (regarding equal employment opportunities, receiving disability-related services, rejections in recruitments etc.). This study explores the perceptions of Human Resource professionals and PwDs (employed and unemployed) about recruitment and providing decent work for PwDs in Sri Lanka. The study used the qualitative method and thematic analysis technique to analyze the gathered data through interviews from 21 respondents under three categories: 07 HR professionals, 14 economically active PwDs including 07 employed PwDs and 07 unemployed PwDs. The selected sample of PwDs contained the most prevalent difficulties such as difficulties in seeing, hearing, walking and communication. The results revealed that the negative attitude of employers about employed PwDs directly connects with the negative perception of Human Resource professionals towards recruiting PwDs, which leads to creating deficiencies in providing decent work for them. Further, human resource professionals keep refraining from recruiting PwDs due to the lack of disability-friendly arrangements in workplaces. These deficiencies create a negative perception of employed PwDs towards receiving decent work, and it impacts the decision of unemployed PwDs to apply for such companies. A negative impact on this case could lead PwDs to engage in vulnerable employment. Hence, in addition to increasing the recruitments, it is also vital to change the negative attitude of employers about PwDs and establish disability-friendly arrangements in workplaces to provide them decent work.
How to Cite: Mudannayake, M.M.S.M. and Weerasinghe, T.D., 2021. Role of Human Resource Management in Recruitment and Providing Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(2), pp.37–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/kjhrm.v16i2.93
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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