Working from home looks set to be part of many people’s lives for some time to come.
For employees who are deaf or have hearing loss, remote working can be stressful and exhausting without the right support in place. That’s why we’ve introduced remote workplace assessments.
What is a remote workplace assessment?
A specialist assessor will contact your employee by phone or video call to discuss their job role and working environment in order to identify any challenges they’re facing. The assessor will suggest reasonable adjustments to help break down barriers so they can work from home more easily. These could include adapting the layout of their workspace, using live captions on video conferencing apps or sharing remote communication tips with colleagues.
The assessment will also include an explanation of assistive products and equipment that could improve how they work remotely. A follow-up report will summarise the assessment and make cost-effective recommendations.
Key benefits for you and your staff
- Increase productivity by implementing the reasonable adjustments suggested in the report so staff can perform at their best when working remotely.
- Improve staff morale by recognising their needs. A lack of support can cause work-related stress and affect the mental health of people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
- Meet your legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland) by removing remote working barriers for staff with hearing loss.
- Save costs by ensuring the right assistive equipment is purchased. The workplace assessment report can be used to make an Access to Work grant application.
- Available anywhere – Remote workplace assessments are totally flexible and can be delivered anywhere in the UK.