Creating an Inclusive Workplace

An inclusive workplace is not only physically accessible, but also breaks down social and attitudinal barriers. Many jobseekers with disabilities cite discrimination and lack of support as barriers to obtaining and keeping employment. The benefits of inclusive workplaces extend beyond employees with disabilities – they increase productivity; ensure that a wider pool of talent can apply for, maintain, and advance employment; and expand the business’s potential customer base.

Commitment from top-level management is an essential first step to creating an inclusive workplace. Staff training and peer leadership from the business community can also contribute to designing a supportive environment for all employees. Here are some helpful tips for creating an inclusive workplace. This section also includes specific guidance for federal contractors and small businesses.