Workplaces

How Can Inclusive Design Create a Welcoming Workplace?

How Can Inclusive Design Create a Welcoming Workplace?

How many of the colleagues that you work with on a daily basis have a disability? Chances are it’s more than you think. That’s why inclusive design makes business sense, says this article on Real Views.com. Companies that leverage inclusive design have a broader talent pool to draw from which can translate into a business advantage. The aging baby boomer population, for example, is prone to hearing or vision impairments yet brings a wealth of experience to a company.

Why You Should Adopt Universal Design in Your Office

Why You Should Adopt Universal Design in Your Office

If you want to attract a wide range of clients and employees, it could boil down to location, location, location. Offices that emphasize accessibility can cater to a wider range of talent and clients, says Office Space, a maker of design software (https://www.officespacesoftware.com).

Designing Workplaces for Inclusivity and Diversity

Designing Workplaces for Inclusivity and Diversity

On Forbes.com 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.”

Attitudes Toward Workplace Inclusion

Attitudes Toward Workplace Inclusion

Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is a leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion. Disability:IN recently sponsored a survey in the U.S. to get a sense of workers’ attitudes toward workplace inclusion. The survey found that while workers of all ages reported that business inclusion is important, millennials, more than any other group, believe that workplace inclusion is “fundamental and essential.”

Four Ways to Promote Inclusive Hiring Practices

Four Ways to Promote Inclusive Hiring Practices

Here are four things to know about how employers consider hiring and disability, according to David Lewis, President of OperationsInc. (www.operationsinc.com). In his interview with Marketplace.org, Lewis stated that larger companies are often more accessible.

Reimagining Accessibility in Canada

Reimagining Accessibility in Canada

“Accessibility isn’t just a moment in time for Microsoft,” says Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada. “One in seven Canadians has a disability. This is a sobering statistic, and according to the federal government we can only expect this number to grow given our aging population.”

Business Case for Inclusive Workplaces

Business Case for Inclusive Workplaces

It’s no longer just anecdotal: a study has found the cost to accommodate persons with disability is quite minimal for employers. A U.S. study of more than 2,300 employers conducted between 2004 and 2017 found that most employers report little to no cost for accommodating employees with disabilities. Of the accommodations that did bear out a cost, employers reported the typical one-time expenditure was $500. 

 

New Technology Enables Inclusive Workplaces

New Technology Enables Inclusive Workplaces

“There is still a prevailing stereotype that equates disability with difficulty and cost. In fact, our research for the last ten years shows that, in 60 percent of cases, there is no additional cost to employing someone with a disability,” says the Executive Director of the Association of Higher Education and Disability, or AHEAD.

Diversity and Inclusion Matter to the Workforce of the Future

Diversity and Inclusion Matter to the Workforce of the Future

Millennials will be the ones to create truly diverse, inclusive places of work, says this opinion piece on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com). By 2025 Millennials will make up nearly 75 percent of the workforce. Driven by intellectual curiosity, they will likely lead “a human revolution” and create a “just world of work.”

The Importance of Equal Opportunity at your Workplace

The Importance of Equal Opportunity at your Workplace

This opinion piece on The Daily Scanner (www.dailyscanner.com) says “there needs to be a shift in attitudes about the importance of equal opportunity, particularly for people with disabilities. Companies and institutions must make a conscious effort to rid their biases and accept those with disabilities. In many cases, the stigma around disabilities can cause a higher barrier for employment than the disability itself. Many people with a disability are capable of being a part of the workforce and making valuable contributions if given the opportunity.”

Four Ways to Drive Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Four Ways to Drive Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

“Empowerment is at the core of the tech industry,” writes Michelle Simmons, Microsoft Asia-Pacific’s General Manager of Southeast Asia New Markets. “When we talk about empowering people, we simply mean that with the right tools, anyone can become anything. Empowerment, therefore, is key to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.” Here are her suggestions for driving diversity and inclusion.

Simple Solutions for an All-Inclusive Workplace

Simple Solutions for an All-Inclusive Workplace

“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.”

Inclusive Workplaces: I Love Working Here!

Inclusive Workplaces: I Love Working Here!

“Many workplaces don’t put much thought into developing a climate where their employees feel safe and have a sense of belonging,” says career coach Marie Gervais, PhD. On her blog ShiftWorkPlace.com, Ms. Gervais gives some real world examples of successful inclusion, and explains how they got there.

 

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

The state government of Western Australia, like the Province of Ontario, is making a point of encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. Its Count Me In strategy was launched in 2009, with an aim for “all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.”

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

While the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace are finally getting the recognition they deserve, for many organizations, “how to do it” is not always clear.  An online tutorial series called How to Improve Diversity in Your Business gives step-by-step instructions on how it can be done.