Inclusivity within the workplace has become a higher priority for organizations, now more than ever. But what does that mean exactly? To be inclusive does not mean to offer small accommodations; it means that companies are giving their employees the freedom to be whoever they are and feel comfortable doing so. The goal is to create design models that offer accommodations for everyone, no matter their gender, race, mobility, age, or socioeconomic background. Everyone should feel included and thrive in a work environment no matter what.
By giving employees the option to hybrid, remote, or work in the office, companies are allowing the employee to choose which model fits their needs. If individuals choose to be in the office, there should be spaces that will enable them to be productive depending on their needs. For employees choosing hybrid or remote work, companies should invest in technologies that allow them to do so successfully. Whether installing better lighting and sound in the office or handing out cameras for those at home, there should be options for everyone.
Other accommodations that are being used more often are nonbinary restrooms, private wellbeing rooms, lactation spaces, and even lounge areas for staff to relax or work in. Creating these different areas can enhance the wellbeing of employees and, in turn, allow them to feel comfortable and create better productivity.
Diversity and inclusion are so important in the workplace, and it does not just belong in the design but also the hired employees. It is not enough to speak about inclusivity but act on it. By doing so, companies can bring in different perspectives, ideas, and solutions. Companies have the power to not only empower others but create a meaningful change.