Learn how a workplace assessment works, how they can benefit deaf people and those with hearing loss and how to book one with RNID.
If any of your staff are deaf or have hearing loss, a workplace assessment can help them perform at their best. Whether they’re working in the office or from home, it can help improve productivity, reduce absence and increase morale.
We can deliver assessments face to face or remotely.
Get in touch to make a booking or ask any questions.
How we complete workplace assessments
A face-to-face or remote workplace assessment is carried out at the employee’s main place of work or by phone or video call. It will usually last between 1 and 3 hours.
Our assessor will speak to your employee about:
- their hearing loss
- their job role
- their day-to-day activities
- their working environment
- and any barriers they’re facing.
Together, they’ll test or discuss some key solutions and provide practical advice on what support and reasonable adjustments can be made to support them in their role.
What happens after a workplace assessment
The follow-up report will be with you within 2 weeks. It will outline explain adjustments, such as improving the working environment, offering flexible working or providing assistive technology. Our recommendations will vary to suit the individual.
How to apply for funding
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 increased productivity and improved job satisfaction.
More about workplace assessments
We have assessors across the UK and can provide workplace assessments at most locations.
We can carry out the workplace assessment usually within 10 working days.
Each assessment is unique. Solutions we might recommend could include:
- assistive technology and training
- communication support, such as remote live captioning or BSL interpreters
- visual clues such as our digital communication card and lanyards
- deaf awareness training or tinnitus awareness training
- communication tips
- a referral back to audiology for hearing aid adjustments.
We’re the UK’s largest charity helping people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss.
All of our assessors are trained and experienced in working with people who are deaf. Many are either deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus themselves. This gives them a unique understanding of the issues your staff face.
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