Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Making the office diversity friendly

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against anyone with a physical or mental disability in recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, pay and any other activity. While many businesses in the U.S. have made progress to hire disabled workers and alter offices to accommodate special needs, many companies still lag behind in promoting tolerance and diversity.

When a manager is looking to purchase new office furniture, he or she should consider whether the office landscape has provisions for disabled workers. Aisles may be too slim for a wheelchair, and work areas may be too small for a wheelchair, for example.

To save time and money, decision-makers should choose a furniture supplier that can design a collaborative office space that takes into account employee needs. A one-stop shop helps buyers evaluate their space, design an office furniture layout and handles delivery so companies don't have to seek out several service providers, which is both time-consuming and costly. Purchasing used office furniture is also a great way to save money without sacrificing quality.

Because individual needs may differ, a specialist can custom office workstations to keep workers comfortable and productive.

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