Supporting Dyslexic Workers
Dyslexia isn’t just a challenge faced by children at school. Many professionals in the working world struggle with dyslexia on a daily basis. In fact, over 6 million adults in the U.K., or nearly 15% of the population over the age of 18 have dyslexia. With dyslexia, it can be more difficult to complete work or training sessions in a timely manner, and it can be challenging to connect with fellow employees. It’s crucial that workplaces take steps to help include and support differently abled employees, including those who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. Here are just a few of the ways that employers and co-workers can work to create a warm and welcoming environment for employees with dyslexia.
Team Building Exercises
Team building is an invaluable experience for any employee, regardless of their abilities. Groups who work in a team setting can benefit from playing games and role-playing exercises that help to strengthen the group dynamic and improve communication between members. Team building exercises can be especially helpful for dyslexic employees who are looking to build up a support network. They can learn how to work alongside their coworkers and offer up their strengths while recognising their weaknesses. Fostering a strong team environment means that employees with dyslexia are more likely to find help from their co-workers when they need it the most.
Install Text to Speech Software
Many companies require employees to read pamphlets and documents regarding safety procedures, company policy, changes in protocol, and other important matters. It can be difficult for an employee with dyslexia to make their way through long documents during work hours without issue, especially when on a tight schedule. Installing text to speech soqftware can make it easier for dyslexic workers to glean the information they need without having to get hung up on reading. Some word processing programs even have their own built-in text-to-speech function.
Education and Training
Offering free on-site training for employees not only helps to raise morale but also improve productivity. Education programs can help employees with dyslexia to better familiarise themselves with duties and responsibilities while on the job, allowing them to perform quickly and efficiently. Training also gives employees the chance to discuss their workflow with an expert rather than relying on sometimes confusing manuals.
Dyslexia doesn’t necessarily have to make work life into a challenge. With the support of employers, managers, and co-workers, employees with dyslexia can learn to adapt to their workplace without a hitch. Team building exercises, training courses, and text to speech software can all help dyslexic employees to perform at peak capacity in the workplace.