Most work environments strive to be inclusive and boost diversity to create a fair space, but what is the best way to cater to those who suffer from mental health and neuro-diversity issues?
First is awareness within the office. Wellness programs are becoming popular, so it is important for built environment professionals to understand how space design can promote a healthy mind and body.
Modern spaces can often be stressful as they are typically bustling with activity thanks to open floor plans. While this is great for collaboration, it could cause major issues for someone with autism or other mental health conditions.
With this, being mindful of how colors in a space are used can be helpful in creating a calmer environment. This can be achieved by adding colors that promote good mental health and productivity.
Using non-flickering LED lamps and dimmable lights can create a more comfortable atmosphere within the workplace.
Workplace designs that attempt to promote social interaction and collaboration can hinder prospective talent that suffer from anxiety or a neurological condition. Offering them an alternative way to experience the space, such as quiet zones, is a great way to appease everyone.
Various office designs have become more accessible, so it is important for organizations to steer social change by providing well-designed offices that are inclusive to those with disabilities.