When discussing the concept of an inclusive workplace, the first reservation voiced is often the need for costly adjustments such as installing ramps, adding elevators to buildings, or providing accessible toilets. This perception tends to lead employers and managers to believe that creating an inclusive workplace is expensive and unobtainable.

An inclusive environment can start with simple, visible, and inexpensive physical tools that cater to the employees’ needs in the workplace. Examples of accommodation supports include; 

    • visual communication support,
    • language and communication support,
    • environmental support, and
    • accessibility support.

These accommodations not only help individual success, but also contribute to an overall inclusive environment. Some are every day, common items that enhance employees’ mood, concentration, productivity, and comfort. Here are some of the most popular accommodations among employees and trainees at our inclusive model businesses: 

    1. Wireless headphones
    2. Miro, a digital collaboration platform
    3. Dark screen mode
    4. Reading lamp
    5. Fidget spinners or other sensory tools

According to Steps’ 2022 in-house survey, we learnt that 31% of employees and trainees surveyed feel more productive, 23% more relaxed in workplace settings, and 12% feel more focused at their work.

It’s crucial to recognise that accommodations benefit everyone, whether neurotypical, neurodivergent, or a PWD. Establishing an accommodation station is a simple, yet impactful first step towards workplace inclusion that can meet immediate needs and spark further conversation on adapting the environment to be even more inclusive.

If you’re keen on making your workplace more inclusive and want to learn more about the benefits of accommodation stations, connect us at info@stepscommunity.com for professional consultation services.