Workplace Needs Assessment

Everyone brings valuable skills and knowledge to their workplace, and we want to strengthen this remarkable diversity. To do this we need to build a better understanding of the work landscape and any barriers people encounter within it.

Workplace Needs Assessments are designed to provide an overview of any challenges employees might face at work, as a result of neurodiversity or disability. We will work closely with each employee to understand the specific barriers being faced in day-to-day work, that have an impact on confidence, wellbeing and productivity. We can then make recommendations for adjustments or support that can help your employee reach their potential. This might be anything from using Assistive Technology to having access to a quiet place to work. We will support you as the employer and your employee to ensure any changes can be made effectively and smoothly.

Workplace Needs Assessment

We will explore the following

  • Equality Act 2010 – how disability is defined and what is classed as discrimination
  • Barriers in employment: understanding diversity; physical and hidden disabilities and their impacts
  • Reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process and workplace
  • Inclusive strategies for all
  • Facilitating support- from disclosure and advocacy to AtW

What to Expect

The D&A Workplace Needs Assessment involves answering a short set of questions in advance of the assessment and a 1-hour assessment meeting with the employee; this can be face to face, by video or phone call depending on the preference and circumstances of the employee. Support workers and other representatives of the employee are welcome to attend. A report of recommendations will be made available to the employee and their line manager.

Adjustments don’t have to be costly or complicated but can make a world of difference. There is even a government-funded scheme called ‘Access to Work’ which can pay for ongoing support. To find out more about the Access to Work scheme, you can visit our Access to Work Find your Way Guide.

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