Using Localized Mapping to Accommodate Employee Diversity


Localized mapping is the process of providing materials regarding navigational data which may be relevant those living or working in a space. This type of cartography is seen everywhere, from businesses to college campuses. One of the more popularized examples being the usage of Americans with Disabilities’ Act information, to map out accessible entrances or elevators for those with disabilities. These maps are often used for public health as well, designating areas where medical kits are readily available in case of an emergency.

Highlighting aspects of a smaller area and in a far more defined extent is often overlooked, but having the foresight to provide a variety of navigational information for individuals helps in reaching out to them, consequently making them feel more welcome in a new environment. It can improve morale for team members as well as provide acknowledgement of identity.

This type of data can be provided in a traditional physical format, such as a map being presented at an entrance way of a building. Alternatively, this data can be used in a mapping application, allowing for greater variety in data as well as the added aspect of privacy. Though making sure all employees are aware that this information is available is equally important.

The implementation of these small range maps also prevents individuals from having to disclose personal details that they may not wish to provide, for fear of potential work discrimination or negative reactions from their coworkers. Having maps in a central location where they can be accessed with ease prevents workers from dealing with this. For example, mapping gender neutral bathrooms for those who may be transgender, or designating prayer spaces for Muslim employees.

The more organizations consider and streamline the usage of localized mapping, the more convenient navigation will become for an increasingly diversified population.

A basic illustration showing schematics of a localized map. Source: O. Harne.

A basic illustration showing schematics of a localized map. Source: O. Harne.



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