In the workplace

Workers in a warehouse

The positive aspect of dyslexia from an employer’s point of view is that there are traits that when properly encouraged can be extremely beneficial to any business or workplace.

Each adult with dyslexia is an individual and therefore their characteristics will be unique. They might include:

  • The ability to take an innovative and creative approach to tasks
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Good communication skills
  • Good dexterity and manual skills
  • Good visual and spatial skills

When is dyslexia likely to cause difficulties?

Most adults have created strategies that enable them to do their job effectively. In certain circumstances these strategies may not be as effective, such as:

  • Changes in work duties – these can be minor or major changes, for example new operational systems, use of new technology, changes in environment
  • Changes in job role either through promotion or restructuring of departments
  • Operational changes, such as a new line manager

The employee with dyslexia will need to develop new strategies and/or adapt strategies already in use. This may present challenges for such employees, especially if they have ‘coped’ previously but not been consciously aware of the development of strategies.

Employees’ awareness that they may be struggling or not performing effectively within their job role often, understandably, results in increased levels of stress, anxiety and an overall lowering of confidence and self-esteem.

The first step is to talk through your worries with your employer or a colleague. Remember that if you have a dyslexia diagnosis, you have rights to reasonable adjustments and to protection under employment legislation. We also offer adult coaching and skills development sessions to support you in your workplace.

We would also recommend Dr Patrizia Collard’s The Little Book of Mindfulness to give ideas and tips to reduce anxiety and stress that is all too often experienced in the workplace.

More advice can be found in our FAQ section