An inclusive workplace is defined as one that values their employee’s differences and makes them feel accepted and welcome. While the majority of modern workplaces strive to create an inclusive environment, and would say they have policies in place that encourage diversity, accessibility often remains an afterthought in workspace design. When accessibility is considered, it is typically the bare minimum—a single wheelchair access bathroom or a lift next to the staircase. These are, of course, necessary elements, but when they’re the only accessible design features in a workplace, the space is still unaccommodating for up to 24% of the population1.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to inclusive design, but the goal is to create a space that can be used in a multitude of ways as not to exclude anyone. This means considering the broad spectrum of ways that people interact with the world, and making design decisions that allow for each person to work in the way that is most comfortable and productive for them. Everybody is different, and many access needs are ‘invisible’, so consulting an accessible design expert is a great way to ensure your space is inclusive.