Something that is easy to overlook but is absolutely vital is that your office space is accessible, making small changes to the layout of your office and the furniture within your space can make a huge difference to those with disabilities or additional requirements. Providing your employees with reasonable adjustments is the law, however you shouldn’t have to wait until someone asks for these adjustments to be put in place, providing them in the first place will make it easier for current and future employees who may need a different set up to what is standard. Below, we’ve collated a list of some of the ways in which you can increase accessibility within your office through different office furniture and layouts.
Ergonomic chairs benefit everyone, so having them readily available will be great for all of your employees and clients. Ergonomic chairs have multiple benefits, being comfortable and supporting the user throughout use. We would highly recommend the Herman Miller Aeron Chair, which has been continuously evolving in line with user feedback, this is a truly exceptional ergonomic chair. Fully adjustable, you can ensure that it perfectly fits each user to ensure maximum comfort and reduce any likelihood of problems occurring from sitting in uncomfortable positions. Alternatively, the Embody is a notable option and a great choice in terms of ergonomic excellence. Innovatively designed, the Embody is inspired by the very thing it is supposed to support, the human spine. Engineered to support the user throughout prolonged periods of time, this chair is perfect for the modern day worker. Herman Miller aren’t the only ones who create groundbreaking ergonomic chairs, but Humanscale excel in this area also. The Freedom range features a gel cushion, meaning it offers slight rigidity whilst conforming to the shape of your body, ensuring you are supported but comfortable.
Sit Stand desks
Sit stand desks are a brilliant option when it comes to increasing accessibility within your office space. Height adjustable, these desks will allow anyone to sit comfortably whilst working, and help with mobility for anyone experiencing stiffness due to being seated for prolonged periods of time. Another benefit of a sit-stand desk is that it can be a great option for wheelchair users, giving them a space in which they can work comfortably without the need to switch to an office chair or having to sit uncomfortably at a desk which is too high for them. There are countless benefits to having sit stand desks, including ensuring your office is accessible to all.
This one may seem like an unusual suggestion when it comes to how you can increase accessibility within your office, but office pods are ideal for those who struggle with sensory triggers, such as telephones, loud background noises and the general noises which come hand in hand with working in an office. It’s likely that most will be happy to work within the office environment, but providing a space for employees to go to if they are feeling a little overwhelmed is a great way to ensure that your office is as accessible as possible. Providing privacy for meetings also, office pods are versatile in use, and have countless benefits and can be added to any existing office space.
These are just some of the ways that you can increase accessibility within your office. Of course, there are other areas you should consider, such as using assistive technology and software such as screen readers on computers, ensuring doors are automatic, and introducing braille throughout the office. We’ve provided a summary of how office furniture can help you begin your journey in creating a more accessible office, and it’s certainly important to implement these suggestions to ensure you’re providing the best atmosphere possible. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that your employees are trained in how they can create a more welcoming workplace also. If you’d like to take the first step in creating a more comfortable, accessible office then take a look at the products we have available, here at Office Furniture Scene our priority is always you.