Dyslexia @ Work

Tue, 7th February 2012

Dyslexia and Discrimination in the Workplace

Risks to the Employer

The Trade Union Congress reported that employers risk legal action by not tackling dyslexia within the workplace. It reports that many employers do not realise that Dyslexia has officially been classified as a disability since the passing of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) - now The Equality Act (2010). As such, employers who discriminate against dyslexic employees are breaking the law.

Dyslexia, often known as the hidden disability, affects up to 2.9 million workers in the UK. Many employers do not know how to effectively diagnose and what steps to take to assist employees with dyslexia. Awareness and understanding of these steps is crucial in order for employers to avoid unfair dismissal claims.

Lexxic provides professional support and advice to organisations to manage dyslexia within the workplace.

Dyslexia in the Workplace

Individuals with dyslexia are often stigmatised as under-performing, yet many individuals with dyslexia have excelled in their chosen fields by using their strengths. Famous people with dyslexia includes luminaries in the fields of business, and the literary and dramatic and culinary arts.

Famous People with Dyslexia:

  • Richard Branson
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Agatha Christie
  • Orlando Bloom

Studies have shown that individuals with dyslexia possess a wealth of talents and skills that people without dyslexia do not. For example, they often have strengths including visualisation and creativity.

Statistics show that 35% of entrepreneurs in the US are dyslexic. To be successful, organisations need to talent-manage the skills of all staff and appreciate the different strengths of employees with dyslexia. Additionally, in order to avoid disability discrimination, employers should seek to attract, recruit and effectively support workers who have dyslexia.

Lexxic provides professional support in the talent management of employees with dyslexia.

Employers need to be aware of an employee's weaknesses if they have dyslexia. This can include:

  • Following written or spoken instructions
  • Dealing with maps, charts and tables
  • Writing memos, letters and reports
  • Giving presentations
  • Scheduling work and meetings and keeping track of appointments

Lexxic can provide recommended adjustments to support the employee in the workplace.

An employer must not discriminate against an employee with dyslexia in the following situations:

  • Recruitment and retention of employees
  • Selection and assessment
  • Promotion and transfers
  • Training and development

Recommended adjustments need to be made where appropriate. Trade Union Congress states that employers must appreciate the full range of difficulties workers with dyslexia encounter and provide relevant adjustments.

Recommended adjustments can bring out the strengths of an employee with dyslexia, which can improve productivity and avoid any legal claims.

Adjustments do not have to be expensive.

Contact Lexxic for further support and advice in the following areas:

  • Recruitment, Assessment and Selection
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Talent Management

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