In research we carried out in 2014, eight out of 10 respondents said that employer attitudes towards hearing loss was a major barrier in the workplace.
So, we commissioned YouGov to survey business leaders and we interviewed people in business to identify good practice that can be replicated across the country.
Our research found that:
You can read more about our findings, along with our recommendations, in our report Working for Change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.
Key findings from our YouGov poll:
- Just over a third (35%) of business leaders stated that they
don't feel confident about their business employing a person with
- Over half (57%) of business leaders agree that there is a lack
of support or advice available for employers about employing someone
with hearing loss.
- Almost two-thirds (63%) of all business leaders had never heard of Access to Work
- Nearly two-fifths (39%) of business leaders don’t feel equipped
to support staff with hearing loss to stay productive in the workforce.
We think government, employers, and people with hearing loss need to
work together to improve attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.
We want employers to use our myth-busting guide
to help them overcome any concerns about employing people
with hearing loss. We also want businesses to spread the word about our
campaign. And if you have hearing loss and have been affected in any way
by an employer’s bad attitude towards hearing loss, or lack of
understanding about it, please contact us and tell us about your
experiences. Powerful stories always strengthen our campaigns.
Our straightforward myth-busting guide
helps to dispel some of the negative perceptions employers have about
employing staff with hearing loss. We highlight the simple steps
employers can take and explain how they can access practical support.
For people with hearing loss
Is your hearing loss affecting you at work. See Talk to your employer about your hearing loss
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(telephone), 0808 808 9000
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