What are the steps we’re taking in 2020 to make the workplace more inclusive?
Across Australia workplaces are adopting practices and designs that celebrate the individual differences of the worker. Where diversity was once unique to the common workplace, it has now become a legal responsibility, with laws in place to ensure all types of workers are accepted. But these days, workplace design goes far beyond legislation.
The rise of the #metoo movement led to greater dialogue around inclusivity, not only of women, but of all kinds of people. Business leaders are now recognising that their workplaces must accommodate and celebrate difference in order to maintain a balanced and productive workforce.
Every project we design for is D.D.A compliant but it’s not only about usability and accessibility. It’s about a workplace design that doesn’t draw attention to people with special needs or separate them in any way. Irrespective of age, physical ability, mental health, race or gender, every worker should walk into work feeling like they belong.
As more companies move away from traditional hierarchical office designs, the dialogue surrounding inclusivity strengthens and it is having a tremendous affect on the way we design workplaces.
Some examples of how BRM designs for inclusivity include:
The above design aspects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the possibilities of an inclusive workplace. “In some cases it's more expensive to implement” says BRM designer Jacqui Greenberg, “but what feels like small changes for most people would have a huge impact on those who rely on these changes to participate in the workforce”.
BRM's design for Ozchild's offices in Victoria incorporates different coloured door handles for luminance and wayfairing carpet for ease of movement.
Inclusivity needs to be part of the organisation’s culture before it is to be implemented and show real affects. More technological and design solutions, together with greater flexibility in working arrangements and workspaces will open doors to every corner of the workforce. At BRM we continue to design workplaces that celebrate people’s abilities rather than focus on their limitations.
Thinking of an office refresh or moving to a new workplace?
BRM's multi disciplinary services can take you across your entire commercial property journey. See how our Design team can help. Contact us today!
Sign Up To Our Newsletter