Supporting dyslexic employees

Topic Index
Overview
Recognise the signs
Educate and train management
Communications policies
Office environment
Workload and time management strategies
Utilise available technologies
Funding
Resources

Overview


  • Sharon Goldie looks at how to recognise the signs of dyslexia and offers simple strategies which HR can utilise to ensure they create a dyslexia-friendly workplace.
  • What does Richard Branson have in common with Walt Disney, John Lennon and Pablo Picasso? In addition to being extremely successful in their chosen professions, each of them is dyslexic.
  • A learning neurological disorder which can affect a person’s reading, writing and spelling skills, dyslexia affects approximately one in 10 people in the UK workforce. Within the workplace, the ability to identify its signs and provide support for a dyslexic employee could be the key to finding the next Henry Ford, Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell.
  • Dyslexia is recognised as a disability under discrimination law and it is the HR department that is most often given the responsibility for implementing policies that deliver a dyslexia-friendly workplace. Although legislation may be the driver for change, it is important for the betterment of the entire organisation that HR understands dyslexia and communicates this to management throughout the company.
  • Dyslexics often have average or above average intelligence with excellent creative thinking skills which allows them to see a variety of solutions to a problem. But many companies are still unaware of the impact that this disability can have on an employee’s job or how a few simple strategies can help to unlock their potential.
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