Creating a dyslexia friendly workplace ensures you get the most from your employees and can bring a number of benefits.
Developing an inclusive culture where dyslexic employees feel secure and supported is fundamental. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a current or prospective employee on the basis of their dyslexia. Under the Equality Act 2010, all publicly funded companies must have a three-year rolling programme in place to address and eliminate discrimination of disabilities.
Making reasonable adjustments
Within the workplace, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to enable dyslexic employees to undertake their work effectively. These may include:
- Disseminating a written disability policy
- Publishing company-wide information in alternative formats such as audio files or large print
- Enabling staff to have a choice of coloured backgrounds, overlays and fonts
- Creating the right work environment
- Implementing specialist one-to-one training or tuition for dyslexic employees in areas such as time management, organisational skills and concentration/memory-improvement techniques
- Considering assistive technology and software such as voice-recognition and word prediction software.
Benefits of creating a dyslexia friendly workplace
- Improved efficiency and a better service for your customers or clients
- Help realise the particular strengths of your workforce
- Encourage staff to access training, gain qualifications and apply for promotion
- Reduce stress, staff turnover and sick leave
- Improve motivation and loyalty
- Improve efficiency and provide a better service for customers.
What is more, adjustments made for staff with dyslexia are often easily achieved and can benefit the whole organisation.
To become dyslexia-friendly a company can:
- Find out more about dyslexia
- Identify workplace issues
- Use effective communication methods
- Encourage and support employees
- Create a dyslexia-friendly customer interface
- Develop a culture of acceptance.
Dyslexia Action can assist companies to develop a policy and code of practice for working with dyslexic staff, trainees and customers. To find out more about how we can help and to book a free initial consultation please email us.
Did you know?
Assistive technologies help with everyday literacy and organisation tasks from reading or writing to planning or making calculations.