The Edge Magazine Vol. 8

Eight PracticalWays Employers Can Improve theWorkplace Experience—for Everyone

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START TIMES The quality of sleep of different neurotypes ranges broadly and at different times of day. Some neurodivergent employees experience time blindness, an inability to sense the passage of time. Opportunity for Culture and Design Intervention Offer flexible working hours—which can be more conducive to energy levels and productivity—where people can choose to work at their peak performance. Rethink punctuality relative to the role. Is the fact that someone is seated at their desk by 9:00 a.m. critical to performance? Cushman & Wakefield’s Experience per Square Foot™ (XSF) data shows that people with a flexible schedule have a 40% better workplace experience. THE COMMUTE Commuting can cause sensory overload and over-stimulation to different neurotypes. Unpredictability of commute factors can cause stress and anxiety for those who rely on structure and pattern. Opportunity for Culture and Design Intervention Hybrid work schedules offer employees the opportunity to work in an environment that is comfortable for them and that they can control. Flexibility can offer off-peak commuting options to reduce the time lost while commuting and the added stress and anxiety associated with rush hour. CONFERENCE ROOM MEETINGS Photosensitivity has long been associated with autism. Some neurodivergent people have trouble hearing and processing sound, ultimately increasing cognitive strain. Opportunity for Culture and Design Intervention Ensure rooms are not over-lit and that lighting levels are adjustable. Avoid fluorescent lighting. Consider circular tables in conference rooms to help ensure everyone can hear and participate. Also, consider the use of a CART, a speech to-text app that makes it easy to capture the richness of an entire meeting.


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