Designing Workplaces for Inclusivity and Diversity

On Dr. Pragya Agarwal states that “Inclusive Design is not an afterthought. Instead, it has to be accommodated and planned beforehand, rather than being a retroactive measure. It is also essential that the design of the workplace does not segregate employees based or draw attention to them in any way.”

Strategies that can be implemented without much additional cost or effort include:

· providing ramps and suitable door handles for people with limited manual dexterity;

· providing ergonomic keyboards; perform thorough assessments of work stations and seating; offer standing stations for those who prefer to work in this way;

· install multi-sensory safety alarms that use both auditory and visual cues, and large-print instructions for emergency and safety equipment;

· use textural and different coloured walls and surfaces for the visually impaired and to manage changes in elevations along walkways and corridors; and

· work with smart technologies and apps that can help staff adjust their ambient environment such as lighting, heating and glare.

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