Next we have to address the environment into which we place the employees. The creative mind requires a nurturing environment to reach its potential, and that means stress-free accommodations, such as comfortable chairs, proper lighting, clean air and appropriate tools (i.e. computers and communication equipment).

All of these accommodating components can be considered “assistive technology” — that is, they provide what the employees need in order to maximize their productivity.

There are people in the pool who may require other accommodations such as more sophisticated tool interfaces. But, as for all employees, the assistive technology provided is based on their particular needs in order to maximize the benefits a business can derive from their abilities.

A non-accommodating environment reduces the size of the candidate pool by excluding qualified people from competing for the job for non-job related reasons. An unnecessarily constrained candidate pool will not provide the best-of-the-best employees!