I (Nancy) was at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference on Tuesday, talking to Occupational Health Providers about managing dyslexia effectively. There is still a large gap in peoples’ knowledge about how dyslexia impacts on work performance.

For example, the lady I was talking to from COPHA, an Association for Occ Health professionals, was dyslexic herself and had no idea that dyslexia was the root of her struggles to manage deadlines and her networking strengths in connecting people. So, for the record:

This list is not exhaustive.  Individual differences and backgrounds will play a large role in which of these strengths and struggles employees experience.

When an employee is not performing adequately in their role, this causes stress for them, their manager and possibly the team. Pointing the employee in the direction of stress counselling may be a diversion from dealing with the real problem.

Dyslexic difficulties at work can be easily managed, with the right support.  Anyone who is not sure if they are dyslexic can get a broad overview by taking our online test and downloading the full report, which is currently free.


Managers, HR, and Occupational Health Professionals could help more employees to live up to their potential with effective signposting.  Dyslexia support can be more cost effective than ongoing counselling!

Additionally, look at all those dyslexic abilities?  Wouldn’t most organisations want to be making the most of their in house problem solvers?  Dyslexic brains are remarkably adept at creating short cuts, coming up with ideas and thinking holistically.  Once we find away to reduce the stress and deal with the difficulties we can create an environment for dyslexics to thrive.

https://www.geniuswithin.co.uk just contact us if you need more info, training or ideas for your team.

  1. Sue 8 years ago

    I really agree about stress at work linking with colleagues (and the person themselves) not understanding dyslexia. I provide support in the workplace through Access to Work, which allows for specific job coaching. The trouble is employers often leave it until an issue is at crisis point and giving dyslexia support is a last resort. Not the best recipe for success, but being positive for a change can often make a difference.

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      nancy 8 years ago

      I totally agree Sue. That’s why we designed the e-coaching modules to all individuals to gain some of the self development and strategy awareness that they might get from coaching. Because coaching is so expensive, many individuals have to wait through the Access to Work process and so it arrives late.

      We’re hoping that our modules will preempt some of the difficulties and improve our clients’ ability to work at their best. By making them affordable and flexible (viewed online from anywhere, just log in for access) perhaps people won’t get into such a state in the first place?

      A lot of what our coaches do in generating self awareness and confidence, sharing ideas and educating clients is quite repetitive. There’s really no need for people to have to wait and pay thousands of pounds for that process. Coaches can then be freed to do what they do best: mediation; personalised adjustments; creative consideration of the individual needs; managing conflict. Rather than repeating themselves!

  2. Efrain 8 years ago

    Thanks a bunch for making the effort to explain the terminlogy towards the rookies!

  3. Bryanna 8 years ago

    It is always rare to find knowledgeable persons on this topic, however you sound like you know what you are posting on! Regards

  4. Jason 8 years ago

    I need to thank you a whole lot for your job you have made in writing this piece of writing. I am hoping the same top work from you later on as well.

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