Inclusivity is the big watchword of the moment. Businesses want to show the rest of the world that they are good places to work and for people to spend the majority of their day. Inclusivity is not only the right course of action, but it can help you to attract a far wider pool of talent, helping your business to make far more money in the long run. Whether you are a CEO of a business or simply an office manager, in order to learn some tips about making your business more accessible to disabled people, read this guide that has been specially created to teach you more below.
Enable Remote Work
As the response to the coronavirus pandemic has shown, remote work is more of a possibility than anyone could’ve ever imagined. This means that if you find the right person for the job but their disability means that they cannot physically be in the office, it is probably worth accommodating towards their needs. The chances are that you aren’t going to be losing anything at all by having that person work remotely.
Close Caption Meetings
For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, it can be a pain to go through video meetings without being able to understand what people are saying. Thankfully, thanks to the amazing innovations of technology, you can now install AI real time captioning that allows text to be added automatically to a video, easily allowing these people to follow the meeting and make their valued contributions.
Install Wheelchair Ramp
For people in wheelchairs, who are already navigating everyday struggles, going to the office can be a real pain, especially if there is simply no way to access the building. That is why it is essential for your business to install a wheelchair ramp that will allow people who use wheelchairs to easily access the building. Make sure to complement that with high-speed elevators too, so they don’t have to worry about traversing the stairs.
Create Wide Open Spaces
An office that is closely packed together or filled with clutter can be a real difficulty for people with walking issues or who use wheelchairs to navigate. That’s why, when planning your office or redesigning it, you should allow as many wide-open spaces as possible to easily allow them to travel through. This will then also have the added benefit of creating an open and inviting space for the rest of your team as well.
Allow Service Animals Inside
Your office may have a no-dog policy, which is your right as a business owner, but you should definitely make an exception to people with service animals. This is because the service animals often act as their ears and eyes when they can’t, able to provide for them on a constant basis. The only point to bear in mind here is if anyone else in the office is allergic to these service animals. If this is the case, then a tricky compromise might have to be made.