How to Create an Inclusive Workplace

Aaron Baker
Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
12/03/23  12:45 PM PST

Variety is the Spice of Life

Inclusive workplaces for those with disabilities are more than an accessibility sign in a parking lot. Inclusive organizations that embrace and support a diverse workforce are critical for an equal, diverse, and innovative society.

Inclusion extends beyond gender and ethnicity, and encompasses individuals of all abilities, including spinal cord injuries. Our workplaces should adhere to legal requirements, but also support the unique strengths and perspectives that individuals with disabilities bring to the table.

I know from personal experience as both an employee and employer that there is immense value in hiring a diverse workforce. After all, the variety of ability, perspective, and life experience is the key to solving problems, together.

Are you an employer? Or, are you looking for a job? These tips below can help a candidate stand out from the rest of the bunch!

People with disabilities:

  • Bring diverse perspectives
  • Are instrumental in problem solving
  • Spearhead innovation
  • Promote development of inclusive products and services

In addition to gaining these valuable employee benefits, companies with diverse workforces:

  • Host and promote a culture of empathy and understanding

Those with disabilities can use their unique experiences to lead in creative, MacGyver-like solutions that can benefit the entire team. Feel free to use these keywords and phrases in your next job listing or resume!

Building Inclusive Spaces

When building inclusive workplaces, it is imperative to keep these necessities in mind:

  • Infrastructure: Ensure the physical space is accessible – wheelchair ramps, elevators, designated parking spaces, larger bathrooms, adjustable desks.
  • Training: Conduct training sessions regularly to raise awareness about disabilities and educate the team on how to interact respectfully, eliminate biases and stereotypes.
  • Flexible Policies: Implement flexible work policies – remote work options or flexible scheduling.
  • Hiring Practices: Seek to hire individuals with disabilities. This not only diversifies your workforce, but also sends a message about your commitment to a broader community.

Does your organization foster these practices? As our world continues to change, it is important that our standards do too!

Additional Benefits for Inclusive Organizations

Aside from the moral responsibility of inclusivity, an inclusive workplace has tangible benefits for organizations. Companies known for inclusivity can attract top candidates and gain positive public perception. Additionally, employees feel more valued in an inclusive environment, which can lead to a higher retention rate.

Embracing diversity in all its forms enriches the workplace, innovation, and a culture of understanding. By implementing inclusive policies, organizations can create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their best.

Let us know if you are an organization hiring. Or, if you are looking for a job, share if these keywords have helped in your search!

In Health,

Aaron Baker

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