“In order to attract the best work force it is essential that your office is set up to cater for employees of all physical abilities. Although this may sound obvious, it is surprising just how few workplaces would be able to facilitate an employee with a disability if they were to start work with immediate effect.”
An article on talk-business.co.uk, a UK-based business-to-business magazine, discusses what happened when a UK manufacturer of office equipment and a national charity that helps people with disabilities find employment surveyed office workers to learn what obstacles someone with disabilities would encounter if they came to work in their office that day.
The survey found obstacles that fell into three distinct categories: “Un-adjustable Furniture and Fittings,” “Trip Hazards” and “Inaccessibility.”
Trip Hazards 101
Ensuring that flooring is level, replacing worn or uneven tiles and removing or repairing ragged carpet is a basic measure that can prevent potential injury for all employees.
Trailing cables present a serious danger. Not only are they a trip hazard, there is also the danger that the device connected to the cable could be dragged along with it, potentially landing on someone or creating an electrical hazard. Cable tidies and spines are the perfect way to ensure that wires are out of harm’s way and can easily be attached beneath desks.
Accessing electrical sockets in awkward places is annoying at best, but it’s downright impossible if you are experiencing restricted movement. Restricted movement isn’t necessarily limited to people with disabilities. At any point, an employee could suffer an injury – a break, a sprain, a back problem, or find moving awkward in the later stage of pregnancy.
Obstacles can be identified simply by looking around an office from the perspective of an employee with a disability and pinpointing areas that could be problematic. It is highly likely that small adjustments, along with the above mentioned furniture and fittings, will make a huge difference to the overall accessibility of the workplace, ultimately creating an all-inclusive environment.
This related article offers a fresh take on hiring people with disabilities.
Read the full article here: https://www.talk-business.co.uk/2017/06/22/disability-solutions-create-inclusive-workplace/