An all-inclusive, disability-friendly office design creates a safer, more comfortable and welcoming work environment for all, including disabled employees and visitors to your business.
By law, all businesses should provide an all-inclusive workspace that facilitates a safe and comfortable work environment for all employees, including disabled individuals.
As well as looking after employees by helping them to feel more valued and comfortable, a disability-friendly office design attracts a more diverse workforce and a wider pool of candidates, helping your business to attract more top talent.
Whilst some disabled employees may require specialist equipment, most disabled employees’ requirements can be met by simply taking accessibility into consideration when designing your office.
Here are some key features of inclusive, disability-friendly office design.
- Accessible sockets
- Adjustable desks
- Cable management
- Low lever door handles
- Low flat panel light switches
- Wide doorways and hallways
- Task lighting
- Quiet workspaces
- Computer monitor arms
- Large-print equipment controls
- Use of ramps instead of stairs where suitable
- Climate control
Whilst these design features are all disability-friendly, many of them will make your office a safer and more comfortable workspace for everyone.
Space should be a key consideration when designing a disability-friendly workspace, ensuring that there is always enough room for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.
All trip hazards and obstructions should be removed and tidied away, especially trailing wires and cables. Cable management systems are effective for keeping cables neat and safe.
Inclusive office design by Millennium Storage
Here at Millennium Storage and Interiors we provide office refurbishments and new builds to businesses of all different shapes and sizes. We design practical and inspiring office spaces that find the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality.
Our designs are practical for all employees, with accessibility and inclusivity always a key consideration in our design process.
For help or advice with designing a disability-friendly office, or to book a free consultation with our team, give us a call on 01942 603 344.