Reasonable Accomodations: 4 Modifications a Business Can Make
Whether you anticipate hiring people with disabilities in the near-term or long-term, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Your business can prepare for future growth by making some ADA-compliant reasonable accommodations beforehand.
Check out these four considerations you can make prior to beginning your diversification process – it can help your business run smoothly in the long run.
There are changes to your facilities themselves that may or may not be determined based on the individual needs of a given employee, but there are steps you can take to make your workplace more accessible from the get-go, including adding ramp access to office spaces and other critical parts of the building like parking lots and bathrooms. Height-adjustable desks can also be a nice feature that better accommodates wheelchair access.
Communication is a key element of every workplace, regardless of whether it’s a standard office, a retail space or a hands-on service center. One accommodation you can make to prep your business for hiring a diverse workforce is screen-reading software and/or videophone technology, depending on how much work you do with parties outside your workplace. These technologies can help accommodate hard-of-hearing or blind employees and keep them in on the conversation.
The way in which your employees communicate on a day-to-day basis might be ready for some updating. If your workplace engages in a lot of conference-room-style meetings or even one-on-one meetings, it might be a good idea to consider a captioning service to make your meetings more accessible down the road. This applies to larger-scale events, such as corporate retreats and/or out-of-office conferences as well.
This one is rudimentary but absolutely crucial. If you want to diversify your workforce by hiring more people with disabilities, it’s a good idea to update your existing – or enact in the first place – workplace discrimination policy. In addition, it might be a good idea to look into the logistics of allowing service animals into your business setting.
Are you ready to prep your business for a bright future? There are ample ways to get assistance in making your place of work ADA-friendly. Just give us a call or contact us online to get started.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor