Dyslexia in the workplace

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Achieve the best results at your organisation by supporting employees with dyslexia. You won’t need to implement huge changes – simple adjustments can often make a real difference.

In the modern workplace, diversity and inclusion have become central pillars of success. Employers are increasingly recognising the importance of accommodating employees with various abilities and backgrounds. One group of individuals that often requires unique support is those with dyslexia.

Unless there are arrangements in place to address the issue of dyslexia in your workforce, you could be missing out on a wealth of untapped potential.

Understanding Dyslexia

Before delving into the workplace adjustments, it’s crucial to understand what dyslexia is and how it can affect individuals.
Dyslexia, a neurological condition affecting reading, writing, and spelling skills, affects millions of people worldwide. It affects a person’s ability to read, write, and spell. It is not a reflection of intelligence; rather, it is a specific learning difficulty.
Dyslexic individuals may struggle with word recognition, decoding written words, and maintaining reading fluency. These challenges can extend to writing and spelling as well.

Benefits of supporting dyslexic employees
  • Unlocking Hidden Talents: Dyslexic individuals often possess exceptional skills in areas such as problem-solving, creativity, and lateral thinking. When provided with the right support, these talents can shine in the workplace. By accommodating dyslexic employees, employers tap into a diverse pool of skills and perspectives, driving innovation and competitiveness.
  • Enhanced Employee Wellbeing: Accommodations for dyslexic employees contribute to their overall wellbeing and job satisfaction. When individuals feel valued and supported, they are more likely to thrive in their roles and contribute positively to the workplace culture.
  • Increased Productivity: Dyslexia-friendly workplace adjustments, such as assistive technology and flexible work arrangements, can significantly boost productivity. By removing barriers to communication and information access, dyslexic employees can perform their tasks more efficiently.
  • Promoting Inclusivity: Demonstrating a commitment to inclusivity sends a powerful message to all employees that diversity is not just a buzzword but a core value.
  • Legal Obligations: Under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, employers must make reasonable adjustments at work to ensure individuals with a qualifying disability are not significantly disadvantaged when compared to other workers. Dyslexia is recognised as a disability within the Equality Act 2010. Therefore, employers are obliged to make reasonable adjustments to help dyslexic individuals to overcome any disadvantages caused by the condition.
Managing dyslexia in the workplace

There are a number of ways that Simply Thrive can support employers to address dyslexia in their workforce.

Simply Thrive offers Workplace Needs Assessments to support your business. We also offer dyslexia diagnostic assessments for individuals with suspected dyslexia, to provide a definitive diagnosis.

For more information and to book your virtual or in-person assessment, visit the Simply Thrive website.