What’s involved in a workplace assessment?
A face-to-face workplace assessment is carried out at the employee’s main place of work and usually lasts one to three hours. Our assessor will speak to your employee about their job role, day-to-day activities, working environment and any barriers they’re facing. Together, they’ll test some key assistive products to gauge what equipment could be most useful.
How is a remote workplace assessment different?
A remote workplace assessment is carried out either by phone or video call and will last up to two hours, with a break if necessary. Much of the conversation will be the same as a face-to-face assessment. If the employee is working from home, we’ll discuss the specific challenges they’re facing in that environment. We won’t be able to test assistive products as we would face to face, but due to our extensive knowledge we can still make the right recommendations.
What happens afterwards?
The follow-up report will be with you two weeks after the assessment. It will outline cost-effective adjustments, such as improving the working environment, offering flexible working or providing assistive products. Everyone is different so the recommendations will vary.
Funding is available
The assessment report can be used to apply for the government’s Access to Work funding. This will help you cover the cost of purchasing equipment and support, ensuring that increased productivity and improved job satisfaction far outweigh the small investment cost.
We have assessors across the UK and can provide face-to-face workplace assessments at most locations. Remote assessments can be delivered anywhere in the UK.
We can carry out the workplace assessment within 10 working days of your initial contact.
The type of equipment we recommend depends on each person’s needs and therefore varies from assessment to assessment. Products that we commonly suggest are conversation listeners, phone amplifiers and telephone headsets available from a selection different suppliers.
We’re the UK’s largest charity helping people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing. All of our assessors are trained and experienced in working with people who are deaf. Many are either deaf, or have tinnitus or hearing loss themselves which gives them a unique understanding of the issues your staff are facing.