How to Make Sure Your Workplace is Disability Friendly
It’s vital that businesses ensure their workplace is accessible and open to all, for both the sake of the business itself and its employees. Employing a diverse workforce is an important part of being a good employer and ensuring your workplace is disability friendly is the most important place to start. Whether you’re a small local company, or a global corporation employing thousands, read on for our brief guide to ensuring your workplace is as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Facilities are key
Disabled access to any workplace buildings and the right facilities are essential if you want your business to be disability friendly. Wheelchair-accessible doorways, disabled parking spaces, ramps, wide corridors and accessible bathrooms are the bare minimum that’s needed if you want to accommodate people with limited mobility or other disabilities.
Make use of assistive technology
Almost all modern jobs involve using a computer or some other form of technology and there have been plenty of advancements in recent years to make this tech more accessible. There’s now everything from colour coded keyboards to Braille displays, assisted reading software, sign language apps and speech recognition devices, all available to make things easier for workers with disabilities.
Build awareness with staff training
As well as practical aspects such as building access, it’s also just as important to build awareness and understanding amongst staff to ensure that the atmosphere is one of warmth and inclusiveness. It’s a good idea to hold training sessions at several points throughout the year so that staff can raise any concerns and discuss anything that could be improved.
Offer flexible working
Some disabled employees may need slight adjustments to their working schedule, for example the option to sometimes work at home, or have earlier/later start and finish times. These are often adjustments that can be easily made by a business and allow employees to feel valued and be able to give their best possible performance.
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