The benefits of inclusivity in your small business

By: Victoria Harrison

Date: 22 August 2018

The benefits of inclusivity in your small businessInclusivity should be at the heart of every business. Firms that don't open their businesses - and their minds - to a diverse range of potential employees risk missing out on a great deal of promising talent.

It’s indisputable that no potential employee is perfect. What matters is that they strive to learn, work hard and provide value to your business. It’s this spirit that you should be on the look-out for.

Here are some adjustments which you could make to secure a stellar, more diverse workforce.

Staying flexible

Some employers still believe that the workplace is only the space in which work can be efficiently performed. However, more and more potential employees wish to take a more flexible working approach. Smart employers are prepared to be flexible about working arrangements - from location to hours.

Employees who struggle with mobility issues may struggle to travel to work. One option may be to organise a (suitably outfitted) vehicle service, to provide transport to and from the workplace each day.

Alternatively, adapted company cars also make for a great option. Companies such as Allied Fleet provide a range of vehicles, customised to provide a comfortable and safe trip for disabled passengers.

This one-of-a-kind service shows employees they're valued, and will help keep job satisfaction high and turnover rates low.

Ensuring comfort and dignity

A diverse workforce is a good workforce. Businesses are starting to realise that everyone has something to bring to the table that benefits the firm. If your business has hired well, then each of your workers has a voice, a talent and a drive to succeed, irrespective of their personal circumstances. Consequently, the work environment should try to let these aspects of character flourish as much as possible.

You can make sure this is done by offering accessible services in the workplace. For example, you can implement ramps at the entrance to allow wheelchair access and swap out indoor staircases for escalators and lifts. This way, those employees with mobility issues can navigate the workplace comfortably and with dignity.

Work brings its own stresses, so minimising strain and pressure in the environment too will boost moods and performances.

It's not just employees who benefit from such adaptations - by making it easy for all customers to visit your premises, you will drive sales and improve the company’s reputation.

Looking to the future

It's important to remember that circumstances may change over time, depending on the specific issues that a disabled person is coping with. For example, they may have a condition that becomes progressively worse, or experience periods where their symptoms are more severe.

You should be prepared to adjust working practices and provide extra support as needed throughout a person's employment. For example, if a worker has trouble performing certain tasks for periods of time, discuss with them what alternative tasks they might be able to undertake in the interim.

In conclusion, by making proactive changes you will be able to recruit and retain a diverse range of talent and enjoy greater staff loyalty and lowered turnover. This makes for both happy employees and a happy business.

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