Society has come a long way in how it views dyslexia, and we are no longer seeing it as a mental deficiency or impairment. Companies and employers have started to value the unique skill sets that people with dyslexia can add to their organisation, rather than simply consigning those with the label into the ‘unemployable bin’.
Dyslexia, along with other neurodiverse conditions are now being recognised by employers as an asset in the workplace rather than a setback. A report by E&Y, The Value of Dyslexia – Dyslexia and the future organisation, has found that “there is enormous untapped potential available from dyslexic individuals working within cognitively diverse teams that are necessary for successful organisations of the future.” From creative thinking to problem-solving, here are some of the benefits that people with dyslexia can offer:
Being dyslexic in a neurotypical world is not without its challenges. Dyslexic people have spent their whole lives coming up with new and imaginative ways to cope with and overcome these challenges by reframing them and thinking outside the box. When it comes to their work, this serves as an added strength that often separates them from their colleagues, as they can conjure up ideas others would not have considered.
People with dyslexia often have enhanced spatial awareness and visual processing, which gives them a natural aptitude for analysing complex systems and their interconnected nature. This ability to see the bigger picture and identify patterns that others may miss can be highly beneficial when it comes to finding creative solutions to problems.
Having needed extra help and support with learning, people with dyslexia are often more understanding and considerate of other people and their unique needs and struggles. This heightened sense of empathy can also help them read people and situations enabling them to pick up on underlying issues others in the team might be unaware of. Dyslexic people can make supportive and attentive managers and leaders, fostering a helpful and inclusive working atmosphere for the whole team.
Many dyslexic people have had to fight to prove themselves in a neurotypical world. Activities such as reading or writing which most people take for granted can present a huge challenge for people with dyslexia but one which they rise to and overcome. This way of life can make dyslexic individuals highly determined and focused; qualities which they bring with them into their working life enabling them to persevere in difficult situations and projects with the inner knowing and confidence that they can meet the challenge each time.
Dyslexic people often show strengths when it comes to reasoning. Their ability to see the bigger picture, assimilate complex ideas and understand patterns gives them the edge when assessing possibilities and forecasting future outcomes. This is an invaluable skill for any manager or leader as it is key in decision-making processes and evaluating risk.
Often thinking in 3D many people with dyslexia demonstrate enhanced skills in visualising, forming, and manipulating 3D images in their minds. This unique ability to view objects from all angles, without having to pick up a pen and paper or simulate a model on the computer, sets them apart from the rest.
The ability to recall information and restage scenes in their mind makes dyslexic people able to create vivid imagery and convey ideas and concepts in a stimulating way. Their access to a rich storehouse of memory along with the ability to imagine the future allows them to create such scenarios and stories, which they can also write in such a way that the reader can imagine it clearly.
These compelling reasons highlight the skills that people with dyslexia can offer to any organisation. These sought-after attributes are an asset to any employer, so businesses need to know how to attract and retain such talent and thanks to organisations like Dyslexia Box Limited which provide assistive technology and workplace assessments for dyslexic people these individuals no longer need to fit in, but can instead stand out.