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Customized Employment: What is it?

By U.S. Department of Labor Website


Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development–one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.

Customized employment will often take the form of:

Task reassignment: Some of the job tasks of incumbent workers are reassigned to a new employee. This reassignment allows the incumbent worker to focus on the critical functions of his/her job (i.e., primary job responsibilities) and complete more of the central work of the job. Task reassignment typically takes the form of job creation, whereby a new job description is negotiated based on current, unmet workplace needs.

Job carving: An existing job description is modified—containing one or more, but not all, of the tasks from the original job description.

Job sharing: Two or more people share the tasks and responsibilities of a job based on each other’s strengths.

Less common—though becoming more established throughout the country—is Self-Employment as a form of Customized Employment. Self Employment allows for an individual to receive assistance in the creation of an independently owned small business (typically a micro enterprise, under five employees) based on the strengths and dreams of an individual and the unmet needs of a local market while incorporating the individualized planning and support strategies needed for success.

Excerpt from U.S. Department of Labor website

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