Dyslexia can cause stress, especially when it comes to work environments. Dyslexia is a language-based disability that causes difficulties with word recognition, spelling, and comprehension. Dyslexic workers can often experience challenges and stressful circumstances, but these situations can be managed. Here we take a look at dyslexia at work: how to support neurodiversity in the workplace and what dyslexics have to offer.
Identifying dyslexia in employees and implementing adjustment systems to help them is not always simple. Let’s take a look at some examples of barriers we might face when it comes to dyslexia at work…
Dyslexia can go undiagnosed. Many people don’t have dyslexia picked up on in their schools years or as a child, so they go about their daily adult lives without knowing they have it, yet it causes them anxiety and stress. Learning difficulties such as dyslexia can go unnoticed for many years and can be a significant cause of reduced productivity or periods of absence from work.
Many workers choose not to address their dyslexia. Many dyslexics choose not to disclose their struggles due to fear of discrimination or prejudice. To help employees manage their difficulties, Lexxic delivers support training in order to create tailored interventions which can be used to help improve their skills, such as reading, writing and memory.
Reasonable adjustments aren’t implemented or are not implemented soon enough. We need to make sure that employees are given time and support, as any form of learning takes time to embed.
Now let’s take a look at what dyslexics can offer in the workplace and some of their general strengths…
They’re often highly innovative with a strong creative drive.
They can be persistent and incredibly conscientious.
Grasping new concepts is usually quick and simple.
They can spot patterns, connections and similarities that others might easily miss.
They’re often excellent puzzle solvers!
Thinking outside of the box tends to come more easily for people with dyslexia.
So, what are the benefits of employing people with dyslexia? Dyslexic people shouldn’t be considered handicaps, but rather people with a unique set of skills that many non-dyslexics don’t have. Employers should recognise these skills and how a dyslexic employee can, therefore, be a positive impact on an organisation. Dyslexia is a learning difference, and comes with lots of advantages!