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What is a Workplace Needs Assessment (WPN)?
A workplace needs assessment can be carried at the employee’s place of work or online. A short meeting is held with the employer or line manager and the workplace needs assessor, it can also include HR, before the assessor meets with the employee. It is a semi-formal interview with an experienced workplace needs assessor to look at the specific job role of an individual, and the specific difficulties that they have as a result of their dyslexia.
The WPN assessor and employee then spend about 1.5 to 2 hours going through any assessment that has been carried out previously, to identify their strengths and weaknesses and what specific areas of their job role they are finding difficult. If possible, the WPN assessor will observe the employee at work. This will be in addition to a questionnaire that the employer and employee will be asked to complete, along with a copy of the employee’s job description. This information will then contribute to a final report which will be sent to the employee and employer. There is an opportunity to discuss the report with the WPN assessor.
Strategies and reasonable adjustments will be advised that can be implemented to support a dyslexic employee in the workplace. The assessment may recommend coaching that is specific to the individual to help implement the recommendations. The assessor will also consider the working environment and the specific concerns and requirements of the organisation before making recommendations for reasonable adjustments.
Recommendations can include:
You do not need to have had a formal diagnosis of dyslexia, or other neurodiverse learning difference to have a Workplace Needs Assessment. The full WPN assessment will take up to 2 hours. A report is written and sent within 10 working days. The cost of a WPNA is £540.00
Ruth has over 20 years experience as a specialist teacher and has worked a hypnotherapist since 2012. She is the first point of contact if you would like to discuss the services offered through rightmind.life.
Ruth has worked in the nursing profession, supported adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues, further and higher education students as well as children, and adults in the workplace. Ruth founded and was a director of Dyslexia Rooms at Chelmsford (2006-2014) and has worked as a school SENDCo (KS1-2). She was Principal of Dyslexia Action’s Chelmsford Learning Centre (2014-2016) and presented CCR’s talk show, Life-Matters, with topics related to dyslexia, health and range of other issues (2016-2017). Ruth publishes educational and therapeutic videos through YouTube.
Ruth is a member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (NHS), DSB checked, and belongs to the professional associations for teaching (PATOSS)
Ruth Gravelle: BA (Hons), OCR Dip SpLD, NLP Practitioner, Dip Hyp CS, QHHT Practitioner and Reiki Master.
We provide Workplace Needs Assessments for employees experiencing dyslexic types of learning difference. Assessments are carried out by independent specialists working in association with rightmind.life. Dyslexia related issues such as difficulties with aspects of organisation, sequencing, remembering instructions, memory, reading, writing, spelling and maths can impact upon well-being and performance at work.
The assessment process takes approximately 3 hours. In preparation, employer and employee is required to complete information sheets. A detailed report including recommendations for reasonable adjustments within the workplace is then provided, usually within 10 working days.
As with and often following a formal assessment, a workplace assessment frequently signifies a significant turning point for the person experiencing dyslexia – to be able to take control over their situation. To identify and work with their strengths, perceive dyslexia in a positive way, be goal orientated, develop healthy coping skills and implement effective strategies.
Following on from the assessment, and as required, we can provide 1:1 specialist training/coaching. 5 sessions x 2 hours are often recommended.
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