3. More and more organisations are upskilling themselves so that they can support staff with less visible disabilities such as mental health problems and autism – hearing loss is increasingly becoming part of this conversation. Major employers such as EY, RBS and HMRC are now making hearing loss a priority. Joining them will ensure you stand out in an increasingly competitive recruitment climate as organisations battle it out to attract and retain the best talent from diverse backgrounds, including candidates with disabilities.
4. Hearing loss exists in your organisation – even if you don’t yet know it. Employees are reluctant to talk about their hearing loss. Research suggests that 54% of employees with hearing loss have put off telling their employer. So if you think that hearing loss doesn’t exist in your organisation, it may be time for a rethink. Organisations must develop a culture that encourages people with disabilities to bring their whole selves to work, so they are supported to fulfil their potential.
5.As an employer, you want to attract, recruit and retain the best talent that’s out there. Given the right support, people who are deaf or have hearing loss can carry out – and excel in – most jobs, so losing out on this wealth of potential talent just doesn't make business sense. By making your organisation attractive to and inclusive of people with hearing loss, you’ll be broadening your talent pool and enabling your staff to reach their full potential.
What’s the solution?
Supporting employees with hearing loss isn’t difficult. From making simple changes to the workplace environment to giving regular opportunities for staff to speak openly about their disability, there are many simple ways to ensure candidates and staff who have hearing loss are supported and included. And there’s no need to fear the price tag of providing support – the government’s Access to Work scheme can help organisations to cover the cost of more expensive workplace adjustments such as the provision of communication support.
National charity Action on Hearing Loss has launched an online Employers’ Hub covering all the bases on how to attract, recruit and retain talented employees who are deaf or have hearing loss. It’s full of useful guidance for HR professionals and managers, and includes a downloadable toolkit. Take a look at the hub before testing your knowledge by taking the charity’s Workplace Warrior quiz.
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