Around 10% of the general population is affected by dyslexia to some degree, and this will include a significant number of your staff, colleagues, customers and trainees.
It is not uncommon for someone to go through education and enter into working life without realising they have dyslexia; an employee who is struggling at work may be unaware that this is possibly the result of an unrecognised hidden disability such as dyslexia.
People with dyslexia often have problems with reading and spelling. However, some adults with dyslexia are fluent readers. Their dyslexia may show in their writing, short-term memory, organisational skills and the speed and way that they process information, all of which may impact on performance at work. Some people with dyslexia have particular strengths such as creativity and innovative visual and lateral thinking. Awareness of these may benefit your organisation.
The effects of dyslexia can worsen when an individual is experiencing stress. Because the impact of dyslexia varies from person to person, it is important to gain an accurate understanding of its nature in each individual case by specialist assessment. People with dyslexia can sometimes find that they have difficulties in a new job or that things become difficult when their job changes in some way.
Dyslexia is a recognised disability under the Equality Act 2010, which means, to comply with the law, employers should ensure that staff are offered reasonable adjustments and not treated unfavourably.
We work with employers to advise on the best options for them and their employees to support work performance. This might include work-focused psychological assessment followed up by a workplace consultation for individuals or groups.
For advice or to arrange a consultancy please contact our workplace consultancy co-ordinator.
Our consultants also support organisations with developing Dyslexia Policies, recruitment and training guidelines and general advice and guidance on making workplaces dyslexia friendly.
We are able to offer multisensory tuition, coaching and dyslexia support to your employees at our local Dyslexia Action Centres. For more information on tuition, please see adult tuition.